May 15, 1946

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I am sticking right with the remark.

Topic:   PRICE CEILING POLICIES 'WITH RESPECT TO FARM PRODUCTS
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HARKNESS:

The proposition gets down to this. The meat producer is being called upon to subsidize the general consuming public just the same as the wheat producer is being called upon to subsidize that public as well as overseas markets. I think that is a just statement to make. The proposition that the government price control policy has placed a heavy burden on the western farmer has been adequately proved, not just by what I have had to say but by what other hon. members have said in this house from time to time. I do not think there is any doubt that the government price control policy will have the result of reducing production.

There is no use in blinking our eyes at that or trying to throw up a smoke-screen. It is being said it is disgraceful that the farmers should be carrying on a sit-down strike, but I

think we may as well admit that if the farmer or anyone else cannot get a fair return for his labour he will not try to put his product on the market if he can avoid doing so. In view of the unfairness to the western farmer, I feel I must call upon the government to raise the , ceilings on agricultural products if they will j not abolish them altogether. If it is desired that our own people shall be able to buy bread cheaply; if it is desired that the people in the j overseas countries shall be able to do the same thing, then the cost of the necessary subsidies should be borne by the country as a whole and not be placed upon the shoulders of the western farmer.

On motion of Mr. Harkness the debate was \ adj ourned.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned without question put, pursuant to standing order. Thursday, May 16, 1946.


May 15, 1946