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Hepburn, the Honourable Mitchell F.
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Saving Canada. The speaker's belief in one Canada, not nine Canadas. Canadians now passing through a transition period which is taxing the capacities of those charged with the responsibility of shaping public policy. Ontario's share of contributions to the national revenue: one-half. The inroads which are being made today upon the resources of Ontario, the central and richest province. Disparities in subsidies to industries in various provinces. The railway problem aggravated by overexpansion. The Hudson Bay Railway. The issue of guaranteeing a price for wheat. The prosperity of Canada and our ability to sell wheat. The folly of offering a bonus for wheat production when the markets are falling off. The demand of 67 million dollars by the West as compensation. The speaker's appearance before the Rowell Commission to put the case for Ontario. The issue of national unity. William Lyon Mackenzie King's allegation that the speaker is entering into a conspiracy to destroy Confederation, and the speaker's denial of such a charge. Defending Ontario's position. The need for a better understanding as between the different provinces. The issue of the right of succession duties. The speaker's charge that the Dominion Government, as a result of new taxation levied while the great problems were under consideration by an important Commission, has violated the spirit of the whole thing. Looking for solutions and answers. The fiscal situation in Ontario, with figures. Some of the things done by the speaker's government. The problem today a problem of money. Giving serious thought and consideration and study to the question of monetary reform. Ontario being unable to indefinitely carry the present burden of debt and taxation. Taking national stock and inventory. The speaker's prognostication: that while the ideas he enunciates in respect to monetary reform may not be popular, his sincere desire is to save the principal. Having the courage to do what is necessary. Living in a new era. Witnessing the demoralization of the morale of the people of Canada because of the inability of those in authority to settle unemployment problems. Facing the new problem of national defence.