Mr. G. A. CRUICKSHANK (Fraser Valley):
I desire to ask a question of the Minister of Finance on a matter which affects fruit growers not only in my riding but in the entire province of British Columbia. I directed a question to the minister some three weeks ago, and again on the 24th of this month, in connection with the picking and disposal of strawberries and raspberries-particularly, at that time, strawberries. Under the present price set-up as established by the board it is impossible for the berry growers to arrange for the picking and salvaging of the crop. I would ask the minister, in view of the seriousness of the situation, and the fact that, with a seasonal crop like this, an immediate or a very early decision is necessary, and the price set by the board makes it uneconomic to pick the crop: First, what provision is being made to have the crop picked and so avoid waste, and, second, will the government give immediate consideration to modifying the administrator's order No. A-1224? The matter is of urgent importance to us in British Columbia?
Subtopic: PRICE CEILING ON BRITISH COLUMBIA STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES