Mr. J. A. MARSHALL (Camrose):
Mr. Speaker, I believe it is my duty to take part in this debate, first, because I represent a truly agricultural constituency, and second, because I come from western Canada where I have lived for over twenty-six years. During the whole of that time I have been intimately associated with agriculture, and I may be considered as one who has spent a portion of that time "farming the farmer."
Hon. members of this group have thoroughly canvassed the problem in all its phases, and I do not therefore wish to repeat any of the observations which have been made. At the same time I believe my constituents would feel I was lax in my duty were I not on this occasion to express some of the opinions they have expressed to me. I have received a considerable number of letters, telegrams, resolutions and petitions from every part of my riding and from almost every organization in the riding, including boards of trade, city councils, and officials of municipal districts. In addition I have received communications from almost one hundred social credit groups operating in the constituency. The petitions have been signed by hundreds of farmers, business men and professional men. One thing of which I am certain is that I have heard from a majority of the people in my constituency.
It is true that the recommendations are not all alike. Later in my speech I shall touch upon some of the differences. At this point I should like to place on Hansard a copy of a resolution I received from a social credit group which I believe offers to the government .a constructive recommendation with respect to the wheat surplus we have at the present time. I shall not read the preamble, but shall read only the resolution, which is as follows-
Subtopic: PERCENTAGE DEDUCTION FROM GRAINS MARKETED IN SPRING WHEAT AREA-PROVISION FOR ACREAGE PAYMENT