Mr. Chairman, I have on
my desk a publication outlining the poultry marketing scheme which is to be voted on next week in Saskatchewan and other western provinces. I should like to draw to the attention of the minister the answers to questions which he laid upon the table yesterday. Question 4 was as follows:
What sum of money was advanced by the dominion marketing board for the purpose of promoting the marketing scheme for eggs and poultry in Saskatchewan, and to whom it was advanced?
The answer was "No sum." I objected to that answer because I had in my possession a telegram stating that the pool officials in that province had publicly admitted that they had received $20,000 which they were using to pay some ninety-five speakers who were getting $4 a day and their expenses to go out through the province promoting the scheme. The minister said he would give a better answer to-day, and to-day he told us that some sums of money had been advanced, but not for promotion purposes. When I asked him if the money could be used for promoting this scheme he replied, if I heard him correctly, that it depended on what meaning one would take from the word "promotion". I think he is not treating the house fairly. We have a right to a definite and clear answer to the question, and I trust the minister will give us a full explanation now.