Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution:
That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act so as to constitute committees instead of one advisory committee, and to appropriate the necessary moneys for the continuance and extension of the work under the act for the fiscal years 1937-38 and 1939-40.
He said: In moving that this resolution
go to the committee of the whole I should like to make a brief explanation. Dealing with the matter of committees I may remind the house that in the act passed in 1935 provision was made for the setting up of an advisory committee. The membership of that committee was indicated, not in its personnel but in regard to the organizations which were to be represented on it. We have had certain experiences during the last two years in connection with the carrying on of the work in the different provinces which indicate that it would be desirable to have authority to appoint more than one advisory committee. This particular committee which is provided for in the act as it stands will not necessarily be done away with.
It was provided in another section of the act that an amount limited to a million dollars a year could be expended in the years 1936-37, 1937-38 and 1938-39. By the amendment we are removing that limitation. I may say that I will be prepared, either in committee on the resolution or in committee after the second reading of the bill itself, to give complete information with regard to expenditures.
At this stage I would only wish to add that the total amount spent up to date in the two years is a little over 8800,000. It is not thought wise to leave the limitation in the bill as at present because of the fact that many undertakings have to be refused consideration on the ground that there may not be sufficient money available, and we think the government can give consideration to the facts in each case to better advantage if that limitation is not there.