I know the hon. member for Fraser Valley does not want to prolong the debate unduly. He has always been most fair. I think he realizes that the Minister of Finance and his officials are not backward in answering any questions. I think he realizes that the minister has tried to answer in the best way possible, and I ask the hon. member to take that answer.
Now who is prolonging the debate? The minister has asked me a direct question. With all due deference to you, Mr. Chairman, I think the next time I shall write out my speech because I am about the only member who does not read what he has to say. We do not want to lower the price; we most decidedly want to raise it. I am asking why we as producers as represented by our own association-I mentioned the approximate figure of seventy-five per cent-and the present attorney general of British Columbia and the former attorney general of British Columbia, who now has the distinguished honour of having a seat in the place known as the other place-
It is not out of older. They have taken it to the privy council. We are saying that as the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association we have
the right to set the price at which milk is sold to the distributors, provided the cost to the ultimate consumer does not exceed the ceiling price. I am asking the minister if that is possible. I appreciate the fact that he cannot answer offhand.
The remainder of our milk, the seventy-five per cent, goes into canned milk or manufactured milk-I am speaking in round figures-and twenty-five per cent goes into fluid milk. But 100 per cent of the milk produced by the other twenty-five per cent, the independent producers, goes into the fluid market. They cannot handle their consumers, so that they have to buy from our wholesalers, and we cannot charge them the price which our own distributing .agents are prepared to pay. This official of the wartime prices and trade board arrived in Vancouver, and he went down to this agency and asked what they could afford to pay.
The hon. gentleman is not interested in the price he is charging his own organization; all he is interested in is the price to be charged the independents. He wants to raise the price to the independents. Is that the idea?