Never mind the statement; the inference is just as bad as the statement. Beyond a question of a doubt, there is an insinuation. I ask hon. members why the election was mentioned; why did the hon. member for South Hastings mention the election? He has inferred that, in 1929, a few months before the election, the exMinister of Agriculture changed these figures. Why would he mention the election if he had not been trying to get votes by saying to the public that the production of milk was greater than it actually was. No other inference can be drawn from the remarks of the hon. member.
The Minister of Agriculture has admitted that the figures produced by the hon. member for Melville, the former Minister of Agriculture, are correct. He admits also that the figures I quoted are correct. If he admits these two statements he can do nothing else but say that the figures quoted by the hon. member for South Hastings were not according to the facts.
Why does not the hon. member proceed further with the matter. He has read very emphatically the statement contained at page 2050 of Hansard where the hon. member for South Hastings said:
I made the statement that the figures were changed in the year 1929 just previous to the elections and I am prepared to substantiate that statement.
Aly hon. friends have forgotten that at page 2066 of Hansard, the hon. member for South Hastings said:
The hon. ex-Alinister of Agriculture seems to think that I did not substantiate my figures. I hold in my hand the monthly bulletin of agricultural statistics for the Dominion of Canada as issued by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, and this is the source of my information. Let me say to the hon. gentleman, if he is not aware of it, that the dairy and
cold storage branch depend on the bureau of statistics for figures of the total production of milk in Canada. I repeat, the figure based on the records of the total production of milk changed in 1929, and if he will go back over the reports he will find that to be the case.
Now, what does he say? He says, "I am not blaming him or the department of which he was the head. Not at all." Everybody heard that.