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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
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.