I should like to bring to the attention of the minister a matter which I think ought to have been brought to the attention of the house sooner. On the previous day the agriculture estimates were considered in the house the evening papers carried the announcement that the whole Department of Agriculture was to be reorganized and that there were to be three main branches: production, research and marketing. It came as rather a surprise to me and, I think, to other hon. members, that this had not been mentioned before the agriculture estimates were considered.
I should like first of all to commend the action of the minister for choosing the men he did to head these branches. Doctor Archibald and Mr. Rothwell are well known to agriculture generally throughout the dominion. I do not think there is a better authority on agricultural matters in Canada to-day than Doctor Archibald. The administration of his department in the past has been very excellent indeed. The same may be said for Mr. Rothwell. He has made himself deservedly popular with the live stock men of this country. I am glad the minister has seen fit to retain the services of these two men in the department.
It is difficult to understand how the estimates are to be allocated after this reorganization takes place. Take, for instance, this branch of dairying. We have the production activities, the research branch and the marketing branch. Just how this vote is to be divided among the different branches is difficult for me to understand. Again, as far as the marketing branch is concerned, if I am correctly informed or if my ideas are correct, marketing within the province is solely within the jurisdiction of the province. The supervision of marketing outside the country or interprovincial marketing has largely been, as I understand the matter, the work of the Department of Trade and Commerce. I think the minister would be wise, in view of the reorganization, to make a statement as to how these estimates are to be divided, so that we may discuss them more intelligently.