June 6, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Alan Chambers

Liberal

Mr. CHAMBERS:

No. The hon. member is referring to what is described as occupational training; those persons would not come within the figures I have just given. They are included, of course, in the total figure of 165,000, but not in the 48,000.
I am glad the hon. member asked that question, because it gives me the opportunity to tell the committee that in addition to the forms of training I have described we have also had agricultural short-course training, and agricultural training in local centres, particularly in the western provinces. All this has been done under the youth training programme. So much for recommendation No. 6.
Recommendation No. 7 dealt with public works. The recommendation of the commission was that public works programmes should be contracted. It was felt by the national employment commission, if my interpretation is correct, that to go ahead and spend large sums of money did not direct or focus the intention of the government sufficiently upon the unemployed themselves. In other words it was established by the economic advisers of the commission that of 8100 spent on ordinary publics works programmes only $31 would find its way into the pockets of labouring men, and that the balance was paid for administration and, more particularly, for supplies.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS-UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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