June 25, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)


May I say to. the minister that that was just an aside, and I have finished what I intended to say as an illustration.
I said that our party stood for the total mobilization of industry and wealth as well as manpower. We expected that a policy of total mobilization would be put into effect. This has not been done. On the contrary, as I think I was able to show conclusively recently and as I have remarked already this afternoon, the government in the last twelve or eighteen months or two. years has delivered this country more completely into the hands of powerful corporations .than the country was before the war broke out.
When the offensive against nazi Europe opens and the demand for reinforcements comes, the government may take advantage again of a war necessity to enlarge the conscription of man-power, and rely on this house being compelled to support, it because of the extremity of the situation. Speaking on July 7, 1942, just after I had spoken that day, the
Prime Minister said, as reported in Hansard, page 4015:
I wish, however, to leave no doubt in the mind of any hon. member that, if I am at the head of the administration when such a decision is reached,-
That is to say, to send men mobilized under the National Resources Mobilization Act overseas. [DOT]
-I shall ask to be assured of the confidence of the House of Commons before the government proceeds to enforce the decision.
In other words, we in the opposition, who may have little or no confidence in the government, are going to be compelled not to vote certain reinforcements to the men overseas, but to vote confidence in the government as the price which this house must pay for the reinforcement of our men in the battle line. That is the way the Prime Minister left it on July 7 of last year. Now on many occasions we of this group have voted against the government's economic and social policies, and I may say that if the rules of the house would have permitted, and it did not involve a reduction in the appropriation, I would have moved during this debate a vote of want of confidence in the government on account of the deal with Aluminum Limited, and I shall seek an opportunity yet to bring that matter before the house in a proper way. But, should the war situation require it, the government proposes to put me, my colleagues and other opposition members, including I take it hon. members to my right and to my left who are dissatisfied with the government's lack of policy or wrong policies-

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