I have discussed this
matter with my fellow farmers and they say to me: What is the policy? I hope that before this debate is completed the minister will announce to the country his agricultural policy. I do not intend to read this other clipping, as I believe the house will accept my statement. However, it can be found in MacLean's Magazine for March 15.
A perusal of Hansard for the special session shows that during any discussion on agriculture there was continual hedging upon the part of the government. During that se$ion I attempted to ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) as to the interest his government had in agriculture. I inquired of the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Stevens) and he replied that at some other time we would discuss this matter. The farmers are getting tired of "some other time"; they want to know now. During that special session we voted $20,000,000 for the relief of unemployment. No objection was raised to that, but we did want to know how it was to be spent. The tariffs were increased to give more work to the labouring man. It was contended that if the goods heretofore imported into this country were manufactured here that would give more employment. I had no objection provided the desired results could be obtained, but I did doubt the veracity of that statement. And, Mr. Speaker, you can search the revised Hansard of that special session of parliament, and you will find not one statement that they made regarding relief for agriculture. Seventy per cent of the people whom I represent are engaged in that great industry, and when I returned to my constituency, they said to me, "Well, Jack, what did you do for us? We saw you voted $20,000,000 for unemployment. You raised the tariff to help the industries and the manufacturers. What did you do for us?" What did I tell them? The day before the house rose I asked the Prime Minister that very question. I said: When the farmers ask me what we have done for them during the special session, what shall I tell them? He never answered me; he could not answer me, because the government did nothing. I want to know now from the government: What do they propose to do for agriculture at this session of parliament?
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