June 24, 1940

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

This department does not pay what might be called the greater cost in connection with the fighting of grasshoppers,, the buying and spraying of poison and that kind of thing. That is done by the provincial government. This department gives a service which amounts to the mapping of the areas and that type of service; that is included in the general expenditures in connection with this item. I am not in a position to segregate it from the total amount.

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NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Mr. STIRLING:

Would the minister give the committee some information regarding the pine bug, the bug that has been working in

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the white pine and spruce trees, particularly in British Columbia? That comes under this item, does it not? There were parties out last year, I think. Will they be continued this year?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The white pine bark beetle is the only one with regard to which we have been carrying on activities on the western coast. There will be activity in relation to it this year, but the expenditure will have to be less than last year.

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NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Mr. STIRLING:

Do those parties work directly under Ottawa, or do they come under the official at Vernon?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Yes, under the Vernon laboratory.

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NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Mr. STIRLING:

Is it true that the Colorado potato beetle is doing excellent work in the German potato fields? I was informed the other day that a serious infestation had been discovered in Germany and neighbouring countries.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

There is some information to that effect.

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CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

What progress is being made in fighting the corn borer in Canada?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Control work in connection with the com borer is carried on entirely by the provinces. Investigational work is carried on by our department, and that is going on.

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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. NICHOLSON:

The army worm has been doing a good deal of damage in northern Saskatchewan. Is provision made to deal with that under this item?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Only the investigational work. All the work having to do with the combating of these different pests is carried on by the provincial governments.

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NAT

Heber Harold Hatfield

National Government

Mr. HATFIELD:

Is anything being done to secure the removal of the British embargo against potatoes from Canada on account of the Colorado beetle? They cannot secure potatoes from Germany or France, Holland or Denmark at present, so it would seem to be a good time to take the matter up.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Representations are made from time to time to Great Britain in an attempt to have the embargo removed, but up to date they have refused to admit them.

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NAT
LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

We shall continue to press the matter, but of course it is for Great Britain to decide whether they will take the embargo off.

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Item agreed to. Progress reported. At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Tuesday, June 25, 1940


June 24, 1940