Of course my remark excites merriment, but the day will come when all members of this house will recognize that what I am saying is correct The solution
of our problems lies far deeper than unemployment insurance. For just one reason I really wish the pious desire of the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) could have been fulfilled, and that we could have tried this thing out four or five years ago. That reason is this. If we had tried it out four years ago we now should have realized that it is of very little value and that we must go to work to find a real solution.
The problem which confronts this generation is the problem of distribution. I think practically everyone realizes that we are in an age of abundance. Five years ago, when this group began to make that declaration in this house, smiles of patronizing good nature and indulgence were to be seen on the faces of hon. members, much like those we saw a few moments ago. The number of hon. members who seemed to doubt that we were in an age of abundance was very considerable. But five years of bumping our heads against the hard stones of reality have pretty well convinced everyone of the truth of that statement. Now our problem is to distribute that abundance.