NOT LONG ago we picked up a morning newspaper to encounter the following headings:
SHORTAGE OF TIMBER GRAVEST YET BEEF SHELVES EMPTY
NONFERROUS METALS CURBED DRASTICALLY
POWER FAMINE HITS ONTARIO WARNS TRAVEL TO BE RATIONED
Such wartime shortages are now so commonplace that they are usually accepted as a matter of course. But behind the fact of shortage lies another little realized fact which in the long-term view is of fundamental importance to this country. That fact is this:
When Canadians are fully employed they haven’t sufficient physical equipment to meet their needs.
In other words, despite what we were taught in the depression era, this country is not overbuilt.
When we’re all busy, instead of ha/ing too much railroad we haven’t enough. Nor enough streetcars, telephones, power dams, houses, hotels, waterworks, schools, bathtubs, restaurrants. One could go on extending the list almost indefinitely.
True, one reason we’re all busy is that some of us are doing work which normally would be done by people in other countries.
True, also, that we’ve lost a part of our working force to the armed services.
Nevertheless, when we have full employment whatever the immediate cause, we haven’t enough physical equipment to go around.
In other words, we still have a job of building to do in this country.
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