Mr. J. G. TURGEON (Cariboo):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. Last night I had to deny a statement which appeared in the Ottawa Journal concerning proceedings in yesterday's Liberal caucus. I rise to-day to speak again as deputy chief government whip, having been present during every minute of yesterday's caucus. I quote from the Toronto Daily Star of February 23, yesterday's paper, as follows:
A Liberal caucus to-day endorsed the government's new three-point plan to cover wheat growing and marketing in the prairie provinces. It provides:
1. Guarantee of production cost of wheat to all cooperative marketing organizations and pools, whether producers, elevator or grain trade, at a statutory price to be fixed at about 63 cents per bushel.
2. An acreage bonussing plan to apply to al wheat growers, to provide from about $210 ol $220 to each farmer of a half section. This amount will be graded off to not more that about $300 maximum to those farming a section of land.
3. A flat payment not to exceed $2 an acre or $320 per quarter section in fixed crop loss areas where production averages less than five bushels per acre.
I quote from another report, in the Toronto Globe and Mail of Friday, February 24, as follows:
The Canadian government will continue to give a guaranteed w-heat price to western farmers, but in the coming crop year it will be about 63 cents per bushel, a figure estimated to be the average cost of wheat production.
This is one of the three main features of a bill which was approved by a Liberal caucus this morning, and which will be introduced in the House of Commons late next week by Hon. James G. Gardiner, Minister of Agriculture.
These statements which I have quoted from the Toronto Globe and Mail of today's date and the Toronto Star of yesterday's date are utterly and absolutely false. They are not based on any fact whatever. They are completely, one hundred per cent wrong. The matters mentioned were not discussed in any manner or shape whatever.