March 29, 1932

LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

The estimates of agriculture were decreased by $3,000,000. When it is a matter of helping agriculture and the farming classes, one does not begin by cutting down the ordinary estimates affected to agriculture. If these estimates had not been decreased by $3,000,000 this year; if the same amount were to be expended as in preceding years to maintain the technical and ordinary staff of the Department of Agriculture, and to distribute the grants which agriculture usually receives from the Dominion government, it strikes me that it would be unnecessary to introduce a special measure to relieve agriculture.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

Will the hon. member allow me a question?

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

With

pleasure.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

Does the hon. member contend that, under the present regime, the Department of Agriculture contributes less to the province of Quebec than in the past?

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

Certainly.

In the budget provisions of this year the total estimates of the Department of Agriculture are reduced by $3,000,000, that is to say one-third. It therefore follows that the amounts to be expended this year in Quebec will equally be reduced by one-third.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

With what year are you making your comparison?

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

With last year.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

Compare

your estimates with those of two or three years ago.

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

There is a cut of one-third compared with last year. It is ridiculous to ask us to adont a measure

to relieve the farming class when, on the other hand, the estimates of the Department of Agriculture are reduced by $3,000,000.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

The estimates are similar to those of your party when it was in power.

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LIB

Joseph-Arthur Denis

Liberal

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

Do try and understand!

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

There exists a Chinese proverb which says that

agriculture is the foundation of the economic system of a nation. The economic system of the nation is compared to a tree whose roots represent agriculture; the branches, industry; the leaves, trade.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

What becomes of this tree in winter?

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

When the roots are diseased, the branches dry up and the leaves fall. In order that the tree may remain vigorous and strong, the roots must be kept healthy. That is why we criticize the policy of the government who instead of looking after the roots which gives life to the whole tree, busy themselves with the leaves and branches.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

This is the time to notch the trees.

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

In times of crisis as we are passing through, the government should first concern themselves with the main industry, the one which is the foundation of prosperity and the economic system of a nation: Agriculture. Instead of cutting down the agricultural estimates, this year, they should have increased them. Instead of dismissing t'he employees of the Department of Agriculture and technical men who help in fostering agricultural science, thus rendering a service to the farmers, the government should have enlarged the staff, increased the estimates and concentrated their efforts to make a success of farming, because the farmers belong to the most numerous class, they are the purchasers, the consumers. If one wishes to relieve the crisis the lot of the most numerous class must first be improved, the lot of the purchasing class.

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CON

Charles Napoléon Dorion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DORION (Translation):

That is why Taschereau cuts down the estimates of Agriculture.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

When farmers are well provided for, industry and trade will be prosperous, because, again, they are the most numerous class, the purchasers and consumers.

Unemployment Continuance Act

Mr. ST-PERE (Translation): Hear, heart

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

If one wishes to relieve distress, the lot of the most numerous class must be improved and its purchasing power increased. This class is that of the farmer. When the farmers buy, everybody will be prosperous; when the farmers have money, industry will be doing well and trade flourishing.

Some bon. MEMBERS (Translation): Hear, hear!

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (Translation):

I heard recently that the hon. Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Weir) intended to dismiss a number of technical men whose occupation is live stock breeding. I have here a resolution adopted by the association of live stock breeders which I trust I may be allowed to read to the house. This resolution reads as follows:

Resolution adopted by the board of directors of the Live Stock Breeders' Association of the province of Quebec as well as by the executive committee of breeders of Canadian cattle, sheep, pigs and horses of the province of Quebec, at their meetings, held at the Queen's hotel, Montreal, on Tuesday, March 15, 1932.

Whereas the live stock breeders have been informed that the hon. Minister of Agriculture, at Ottawa, intends to dismiss a certain number of technical men employed in the Dominion branch of the live stock industry;

Whereas considerable and very necessary work was undertaken and is at present under the supervision of these experts, in our province;

W'hereas the live stock breeders of Quebec made investments in certain enterprises in connection with live stock breeding, because they had a right to expect that the cooperation of these experts would be continued, so as to bring such enterprises to a successful issue;

Whereas numerous breeders would undergo considerable losses by the fact of being deprived of these experts;

Whereas by the dismissal of these experts the Department of Agriculture cannot carry out its policy of encouraging the service of good sires.

An hon. MEMBER (Translation): A Bull

policy 1

Whereas a large number of live stock breeders have made sacrifices with the view of assisting the Department of Agriculture by providing and maintaining among their cattle excellent bulls so as to sell them to live stock breeders who were anxious to take advantage of the loan and bonus policy to encourage the purchase of sires and that a large number of them will remain unsold if the Department of Agriculture does not carry out their policy.

Whereas the Canadian Live Stock Breeders' Association find that it is inadvisable to discontinue the work of inspection in connection with the registration of cattle, which is in charge of Mr. Robert Marcotte, B.L.A.

Whereas Mr. Alfred Cavanagh is the only bilingual agricultural expert who is employed

in the office of Mr. C. S. Wood of the Dominion Branch of Live Stock Industry.

It is therefore moved by Mr. L. P. Ville-maire, seconded by Mr. Damien Coulombe and unanimously carried: That a request be for-wmrded to the hon. Minister of Agriculture, at Ottawa, praying him to kindly continue granting us the services of Messrs. Robert Marcotte and Alfred Cavanagh as well as the services of all other experts which are in the employ of the Dominion Branch of Live Stock Industry in the province of Quebec.

(Signed) Andrea St. Pierre, sec., General Stock Breeders' Association.

The other resolution, sir, reads as follows:

Resolution adopted at the general meeting of the members of the Live Stock Breeders' Association of the province of Quebec, held at the city hall in Quebec, Wednesday, February 24. 1932.

The secretary having read to the meeting the last letter received from the commissioner of Live Stock Industry Branch of the Department of Agriculture, at Ottawa, informing them that in the future the department would discontinue the grants made in the past to the exhibitions of class "A", as well as the grants given as special prizes for the winter fairs, the meeting express their regrets that such a decision has been arrived at.

His moved by Mr. Frank Byrne, seconded by Mr. Ernest Sylvestre, and unanimously adopted:

That the association through its secretary, request the hon. Minister of Agriculture, at Ottawa, to kindly grant to our exhibitions at Quebec, Sherbrooke, Three Rivers, Valleyfield and Ormstown, the same grants which they received in the past, and that a copy of this resolution be also forwarded to our federal representatives.

(Signed)

Andrea St. Pierre, sec., General Stock Breeders' Association.

An hon. MEMBER (Translation): It is useless.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   CONTINUANCE ACT, 1932-CONSIDERATION OP RESOLUTION
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March 29, 1932