Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Minister of Finance) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution:
That it is expedient to amend the Old Age Pensions Act by increasing the amount of the payment to the provinces for old age pensions from one-half to seventy-five per cent of the net sum paid out during the preceding quarter by such province for pensions, and to provide for the examination and audit of expenditure in the province and the accounts relating thereto.
He said: His Excellency the Governor
General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house.
Motion agreed to.
RELIEF FOR THE WEST On the orders of the day:
Mr. THOMAS F. DONNELLY (Willow Bunch): Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask a question of the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) which arises out of a telegram which I have received from Gravel'bourg, Saskatchewan. It is dated July 15 and reads as follows:
No hay or fodder available in the prairie provinces this year to supply needs. Suggest that federal government enter into agreement with provincial government granting free freight on fodder from Ontario and Quebec provinces.
Rural Municipality of Gravelbourg.
I know of one municipality having to import during June thirty carloads of hay in order to keep the stock alive. This was necessary during a season of the year when pastur-[DOT]age is ordinarily at the best, and I would ask the Prime Minister to have this matter looked into with a view to taking steps along the lines suggested.
Right Hon, R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, we have been advised that there has been a considerable improvement in this section of Saskatchewan by reason of recent rains, and that green feed possibly may be available because of that fact. I assure the hon. gentleman and the house that any proposals which may be made in that regard by the competent authority, namely, the province of Saskatchewan, will receive the most sympathetic consideration.