Angus MACINNIS

MACINNIS, Angus

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Vancouver Kingsway (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 2, 1884
Deceased Date
March 3, 1964
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_MacInnis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b8094e9f-95f3-46b2-ab3e-9e132f32ed9e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
motorman, unionist

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
IND
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Vancouver Kingsway (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1082 of 1083)


March 31, 1931

Mr. MacINNIS:

I move-

Topic:   SUPPLY-UNEMPLOYMENT
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March 31, 1931

Mr. MacINNIS:

I was just about to move an amendment.

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March 31, 1931

Mr. MacINNIS:

Perhaps, but you may

get over here.

In discussing this question, Mr. Speaker, I shall not approach it in a critical spirit It should be dealt with, I think, from at least four points of view. We should consider, first of all, the extent and the seriousness of the present conditions; secondly, what steps should be taken to meet the present pressing situation; thirdly, desirability of a full investigation of the causes of unemployment and of the economic depression; and lastly, what permanent steps may be taken to meet the situation generally and provide against these ever-recurring periods of depression.

Touching first on the seriousness of the situation, I am continuously in touch with my own city of Vancouver. Although perhaps there are not so many unemployed there now as a month ago, the number is very much greater than it was a year ago. Not only that, but the city's resources to meet the situation are not nearly so great as they were a year ago A deputation from the city of Vancouver met the cabinet of the local government at Victoria on the 23rd of March last. The chairman of the relief com-mitee pointed out to the government at that time that the city could not meet any funds that the government might have left

Unemployment-Mr. Maclnnis

over from the appropriation voted last September, and therefore the making of provision for the unemployed at Vancouver was up to the provincial government. On the same day a deputation waited on the city council to arrange for the reinstatement of 1,500 single men who had been cut off from relief under the act. On March 18, just a few days ago, 6,064 married men were securing unemployment relief. In view of a situation of that kind I think it rather strange that we have not heard a word from the government side of the house as to their intentions in connection with unemployment.

My hon. friend from North Winnipeg pointed out at the beginning of his remarks to-day that he had referred to this question about a year ago. May I quote a few words from Hansard of April 2, credited to the present Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Manion) He said:

Mi Speaker, I agree "with the hon. member who introduced this resolution that it is the most important problem facing our country to-day.

Now, Mr. Speaker, if the subject of unemployment was an important problem facing our country in the year 1930, when the situation was not as bad as it is to-day, when the financial resources of the municipalities were not depleted to the extent they are to-day, and when the financial resources of the people themselves were not depleted to such an extent, how much more serious must that problem be now? Yet we do not hear a word from the Minister of Railways and Canals.

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March 20, 1931

Mr. MacINNIS:

That will be very

shortly.

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March 20, 1931

Mr. MacINNIS:

Yes, we have to discover the missing link. About a year ago my hon. friend from North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps) raised in this house the question of unemployment. The debate continued for about a week. One of the sad features of that debate, it seems to me, was the failure of the then leader of the government (Mr. Mackenzie King) to appreciate the economic condition of the country. I have not yet been able to understand his lack of appreciation of the gravity of the situation. I am surprised that a man of his political sagacity failed to see what was apparent to the public generally. The then leader of the opposition, the present Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) was fully alive to the fact, and he made unemployment the major issue in the campaign. Thus for the first time in the history of this Dominion, after the most prosperous period on record, from 1925 to 1929, unemployment

the poverty of the people-became the issue in a federal election campaign. After the change of government the right hon. Prime Minister in fulfilment of the promise be had made, called a special session to end unemployment. Certain measures were enacted at that special session to take care of the immediate situation. That was in September. I wish to point out that the unemployment situation to-day is worse than it was in March, 1930, it is worse than it was

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in September, 1930, and yet there is not a word in the speech from the throne of what measures the government propose to take to deal with the situation after the appropriation made at the special session shall have been expended.

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