Our present estimate is that even if the worst conditions we have ever experienced had prevailed it could not have cost more than about $30,000,000; and that in the ordinary year it would cost somewhere between $10,000,000 and $15,000,000. The greatest amount it could cost would be half what the existing scheme may cost this year under present conditions. I may add that in order to get that last figure you would have to take in the cost of relief, which will amount to some $12,000,000, in addition to the amount paid out already in connection with wheat.
In conclusion, then, Mr. Speaker, I should like to refer again to what I said in the beginning. I bring this measure before the house for the purpose of calling attention to a situation which has existed in western Canada for many years and to efforts which have been made to cope with the situation, with a view to bringing before the house during this session other measures that are now either on the order paper in the form of resolutions or that will be on the order paper to-morrow in that form, for dealing with agriculture in other parts of Canada. Before bringing down these measures I should like if possible to have this house establish a principle that we can apply in connection with our agricultural problems throughout Canada, If that is done the same principle can be followed in dealing with the problems of the dairy industry, the live stock industry, the fruit industry and
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other branches of agriculture across this country. I believe that if we can establish a principle of that kind during this session we have at least started to give Canada an agricultural policy which will lift agriculture out of some of the difficulties it is experiencing from one end of the dominion to the other. It is with that end in view that I bring this measure before the house.
I should like to say, Mr. Speaker, that I gave an undertaking to many of the western men who left last night and the night before, that after making this speech I would delay further discussion if possible until they returned. With the permission of the house, therefore, I will move the adjournment of the debate.
Subtopic: PERCENTAGE DEDUCTION FROM GRAINS MARKETED IN SPRING WHEAT AREA-PROVISION FOR ACREAGE PAYMENT