I would like to direct another question to the minister. When the hon. member for Weyburn was asking him with regard to taking this vote, the minister said that it would be taken by officials of the department. Are they permanent officials or officials appointed by the government from the department for that purpose?
The minister said that $20,000 was sent to Saskatchewan for the poultry pool. In connection with the men who were around the country promoting or talking about this part of the scheme to the poultry producers, are their wages paid out of this $20,000?
The impression in the country is that this is to be taken out of the $20,000. That is why I asked the minister whether their expenses and wages are being taken from the $20,000 for the marketing scheme. Where do they get their wages and expenses?
Mr. WEIR Melfort): They do not get any wages. They do get travelling expenses and also money will be used to pay for halls, and so forth.
Not yet. This is the first vote of this kind that has been taken, and when the result has been submitted and considered fully, the responsibility will rest on me to decide whether I think the scheme has been sufficiently supported to warrant putting it into effect, because no scheme could be operative unless it had a very considerable support. During the debate in the committee in the house on this act I stated that I felt there had to be a very considerable majority vote for this scheme, otherwise it would be useless to attempt to enforce it.