June 13, 1929

UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

That is all very well, but this vote might be called some night at a quarter to twelve o'clock.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It will be called now, I understand.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No, we just want to make some progress on the smaller items.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

If we can have the assurance that this item will be called at a reasonable hour, in order to give us an opportunity of debating it, that might be all right.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I suggest that we discuss both items together.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

We might keep at this for an hour and not make very much progress. My suggestion is that we let this go through and then have the discussion on the same item in the supplementary estimates. Then we can make some progress in the smaller items following the main vote.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

This seems a peculiar suggestion. If the minister desires to get on with some of the smaller items, why not call those items and let this one stand?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Very well.

Item stands.

Entomology, $25,000.

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CON

William Ernest Tummon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TUMMON:

Under this item I might repeat the question I asked the minister some time ago. Recently there was an announcement that property had been obtained in the city of Belleville for the Department of Agriculture, and I presume that it has reference to this vote. I would be very glad if the minister- would make a short statement as to the work he intends to carry on at that point.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I am reminded by my deputy that the building in Belleville to which my hon. friend refers is for the purpose of housing all our staff in that vicinity, including our seed inspection and entomological staffs. The purchase has not been completed as yet, but it is in the course of

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completion and we secured the building at a very good price, very much less than it could be built for at present.

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Item agreed to. Administration of Destructive Insect and Pest Act, and necessary buildings, $580,000.


UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

Would the minister tell us the reason for this increase of $50,000?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

The insect invasions of Canada are becoming more numerous and more serious all the time, and we have to spend more money to circumscribe their activities. I have in mind the campaign carried on by the provincial government of Ontario and ourselves against the com borer, as a result of which the com acreage has come back to 75 per cent of what it was before the invasion of that insect, showing that- our activities have been successful in restricting its ravages. Then there is the oriental peach moth; by keeping after that pest continually I think we can save at least a remnant of the peach crop.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

What part of this vote is intended for buildings? There is a miscellaneous item which we are told includes the construction of a very costly building, perhaps costing $150,000. I think estimates which deal with the extermination of pests and at the same time include buildings are not very good unless it is indicated just what the buildings are, how much of the estimate is to be expended for that purpose and to what extent there is a co-relation of the activities of this branch of this department with the research bureau, because I take it that you are studying methods by which to destroy these insects and pests which are so injurious to agriculture.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I think the point is well taken. When I took charge of the department I found that there were a certain number of small buildings being erected, costing up to $4,000, without such provisions being made. I consulted the Auditor General about it and he thought if we were going to put up further buildings in connection with these votes it should be so indicated. This reference to buildings was first included in the entomological vote when we erected the rust laboratory at Winnipeg; that was included in the vote after consultation with the Auditor General and it has been continued since. However, there are no buildings anticipated under this year's vote.

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Item agreed to. tMr. Motherwell.] Salary and expenses of agricultural produce marketing agent in Great Britain, $15,000.


UFA
LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I believe Mr. Wilson has reached his maximum; I think his salary is $5,200.

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Item agreed to. Farm economics, including agricultural cooperative marketing, $10,000.


UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

I notice this is a new item. Will the minister explain?

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June 13, 1929