April 11, 1935

CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Our work has to do with illustration stations and also the economic survey.

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LIB

Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

Last year on the public works program passed towards the end of the session the Minister of Agriculture promised me that some of that money would be spent on the experimental farm at Kapuskasmg. I gave him then certain facts of which I had personal knowledge, because I visit that farm every year; I knew of certain improvements that were necessary to* buildings. We are thankful that some of the money was spent there, but having made further personal inspection I would again ask the minister if he can find it possible to proceed a little further with such improvements. The experimental farm at Kapuskasing is a great asset to that section and is very well administered. Every

section of our population would highly appreciate the continuation of the work that was started there last year under the public works program. Will the minister give me an answer the same as last year?

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CON
PRO

Archibald M. Carmichael

Progressive

Mr. CARMICHAEL:

The Swift Current experimental farm has been without a superintendent for some considerable time, I believe since last June. Would the minister care to tell the committee what the plan is in connection with that farm, particularly in regard to the policy that is to be pursued? The Swift Current farm has been working along the lines of dry farming, with special reference to the needs of the open prairie section. Is there to be a continuation of that policy, or what is the attitude of the department towards the Swift Current farm?

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The delay in the appointment of a superintendent has been occasioned to a certain extent by a stepping up of the grade of the superintendent The man we hope to make superintendent will have the supervision not only of the Swift Current station but also of other works connected with it, that is range work and so on. The matter is now in the hands of the civil service commission. The position has been advertised and applications are being received, and as soon as the time expires an appointment will be made.

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PRO

Archibald M. Carmichael

Progressive

Mr. CARMICHAEL:

It is not contemplated to make any change in the policy that has been pursued there for a number of years?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

No, just to widen it and connect it up with the range work.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

I take it that the increase in this item is due to the launching of the new farm at Melfort?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

No, it is due to a

number of causes.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Could the

minister give the details of the increase?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

It is spread over

a wide range-increased grant for fruit investigations, for range investigations, particularly in British Columbia; soil surveys will be extended; black soil investigations in the east; general equipment for laboratories, and increased building equipment.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

What is

the total amount required for the new farm?

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

$25,000.

Supply-Agriculture-Farms

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Where did the minister say it was-?

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

Has the minister the information before him as to the cost of the farm at Agassiz, how many persons are employed, and the number of persons that visit that farm?

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The appropriation

is $37,000. There is a classified staff of five. We have not a record here of the number of visitors, but as the hon. member knows it is one of the farms that perhaps has the greatest number of visitors.

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I made a suggestion last year

-I do not know whether the minister ever looked into it-as to the advisability of moving that farm into the Chilliwack district, where it would be of far more advantage than it is in its present location. An experimental farm is of no use unless it is accessible to the people. This farm was established in the early days of settlement, and now the population is all on the other side of the river, so that if the farm were moved there the people could easily inspect it and thereby get some advantage from it.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

May I ask the minister

if there is a butter factory at the central experimental farm?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Just for making

home butter.

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April 11, 1935