May 4, 1938

CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Is this just the foreign version of the imperial bureaux, the item we have just passed?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

It is similar to it.

The International Institute of Agriculture held its organization meeting at Rome in May, 1905. At this meeting about forty countries were represented. The representative of Great Britain was present but Canada had not then been invited either to join the proposed international institute or to send a delegate. This invitation was transmitted to the Canadian government some weeks previous to the first annual meeting, which was held in May, 1906. Canada has belonged to the organization from that time down to the present. I have here the different donations that have been made from 1907 onward, running all the way from $579 in 1907 to $2,322 in 1908, and rising gradually until it was $7,730 in 1934, $21,535 in 1935 and $11,510 in 1937.

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CON

William Earl Rowe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROWE (Dufferin-Simcoe):

This seems to be one of the largest amounts ever contributed by Canada. The institute meets once a year, does it not?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The general assembly

meets every two years.

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CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

Just what information does

this type of institute furnish? Is it along research or statistical lines, having to do with the production of wheat and other farm products, and who reaps the benefit? If statistics are sent out, who receives them? Are they sent abroad or to the dominion Department of Agriculture

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Answering the question

previously asked, the general assembly is held every two years, and it has been held every second year from 1908, with the exception of the war years. I have here the list of those who have represented this country at the different conferences, but I do not think the committee would wish me to read it. During the years prior to the war a considerable number of publications was furnished free of charge and distributed widely among Canadian readers, but after the war, owing to

financial difficulties, the institute required that each publication sent out be paid for by the government. As a consequence the list of readers supplied with free copies in Canada was reduced to a minimum and the persons to whom such publications were sent were carefully selected in order that proper dissemination of the data might be made to those most directly interested. The publications subscribed for include the following: International Year Book of Agricultural Statistics; Annuaire International de Legislation Agricole.

Item stands.

Progress reported.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Thursday, May 5, 1938


May 4, 1938