The Address-Mr. Arsenault
the establishment of proper bodies for the carrying out of such functions, as well as for supplying the implements and equipment required for the successful working of a farm. In brief, it calls for a reorganization of agriculture in the county of Bonaventure and the Gaspe peninsula on a practical and profitable economic basis, by making available to our farmers such experience-tested scientific data as they have lacked so far, by giving them an opportunity of improving their herds, urging them to produce more and in a better way, and encouraging young men to stay on the land and ensure their future.
As early as 1912, the mayors of the county of Bonaventure in a meeting held at the county seat, New Carlisle, were requesting, as the best solution for the agricultural problems of the county, that the public authorities establish a dominion experimental farm, which policy, they pointed out, would afford the Gaspe peninsula all the encouragement justified by the quality of its soil and the fact that it was the oldest centre of Christian civilization in North America.
On February 2, 1914, Hon. Charles Marcil, member for Bonaventure at the time, appealed in this house to the then Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Mr. Burrell, asking him to establish an experimental farm in the constituency of Bonaventure.
I now wish to renew, thirty years later, on behalf of this same constituency, the plea made by the county's mayors in 1912 and the frequent requests voiced by Hon. Charles Marcil in favour of the establishment of a federal experimental farm in the constituency of Bonaventure, as the only means of placing our farming industry on a paying basis, by encouraging our farmers to increase and improve their production and by organizing our agricultural production in terms of the needs of the various local and foreign markets.
I hope the government, at this very session will place at the disposal of the Right Hon. the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) the money required for carrying out this undertaking, which is so vital for the constituency of Bonaventure and the Gaspe peninsula.
While there is general appreciation of help given the Canadian farmer, especially in the province of Quebec, by the dominion Department of Agriculture's establishment of experimental farms in Canada, it has possibly not been adequately stressed in this house.
In the Minister of Agriculture, we have a professional farmer, an outstanding technician, ever eager to promote the development of Quebec agriculture.
In the huge task of organizing and managing experimental farms in Canada, he has been wonderfully seconded by Dr. E. S. Archibald who, since he succeeded Dr. Grisdale as director of experimental farms in 1919, has become outstanding in experimental farming.
In recognition of Dr. Archibald's worthy services to Canadian agriculture, the Canadian Geographic Society a few months ago, named a mountain after him in Yukon.
There are four dominion experimental farms in the province of Quebec: at Lennoxville, Sainte Anne de la Pocatiere, Assomption, and Normandin (Lake St. John), and an experimental substation at Sainte Clothilde, in Chateauguay county.
I am firmly confident that buildings will soon be put up to house the Bonaventure county experimental farm, whose work will benefit the whole Gaspe peninsula. It would rank as one of the worthiest federal contributions to the welfare of the people of Bonaventure county and of the whole Gaspe peninsula.