Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):
I must say
that I am not a pessimist; I do not see the after-war period in as black a light as some hon. gentlemen. I think we have done a lot of work during the war and we have improved our machinery in many ways. I hope the fishermen are going to have improved conditions; I hope they are going to be more successful than ever. The purpose of the bill to be introduced is to foresee conditions that may arise after this war. The plan is to see that the prices of primary products do not fall to the low levels to which they fell between 1930 and 1936 and 1937. That is all. -I cannot go into the details because the bill will give most of the particulars, but that is the general plan. I am quite sure that this is but one more instrument given to the Minister of Fisheries and his officials to improve the lot of the fishermen after this war, if it is necessary to do that.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR STABILIZATION, PURCHASE OF STAPLE PRODUCTS AT APPROVED PRICES, ETC.