Mr. ABBOTT :
I should like to be able to help the growers. My hon. friend has asked a direct question. I do not know that it is very much better for the people of Canada to have hothouse lettuce grown in Canada than hothouse flowers. It is fifty-fifty. Obviously
there are not enough hothouses in Canada to provide everyone who wants lettuce with that vegetable. Lettuce grown in winter is a straight luxury commodity, and I consider that the people who want to buy hothouse lettuce in winter can pay the price if they have the money. If you were importing lettuce, if you had the United States dollars to import it in volume from the United States or anywhere else at reasonable prices, and if everyone could buy it, well and good. But when you cannot do that, then I say that lettuce grown under glass is a special luxury product which those who can afford it can pay for.
Subtopic: SCHEDULE III