Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved the second reading of Bill No. 18, to amend the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act.
He said: Mr. Speaker, in rising to move the second reading of this bill I desire to give to the house the information which I promised three different members would be forthcoming on the motion for second reading. The information is with regard to the area affected by drought in the three western provinces, the general conditions which have existed in that section of Canada since it was first settled, the actions which have been taken by different governments which have been in power from time to time to deal with the situation, and the details of what is intended to be done during the coming year under the present legislation.
I think I can best outline the area which has been affected by referring to the map which I have in my hand. If you take a point on the boundary line between Canada and the United States immediately south of the town of Morden in Manitoba and draw a line directly from there to the town of Lloyd-minster, which is located on the boundary line between Alberta and Saskatchewan, just south of where the North Saskatchewan river enters the province of Saskatchewan, then westward and southward to about the town of Cochrane, west of Calgary, and then directly south to where the western boundary of Alberta meets the American boundary line, generally
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speaking you will have taken in the area known as the open prairie country of western Canada which has been affected by what we have been pleased to call the drought in recent years.