I wish to say only a brief word in support of the resolution and to say also that I am sure we appreciate the sentiments of the hon. member who has just taken his seat. The ancestors of several of my colleagues in this group were from the maritime provinces, and I find them to be industrious and worthy members of the House of Commons.
As one who comes from that part of Manitoba which has suffered from flood conditions, may I say I sympathize with the conditions described by the hon. member for Fraser Valley. I hope the government will continue to do everything possible to look ..after that immediate situation.
I am inclined to agree with the statement -of the hon. member for Souris that it might be necessary and desirable to extend the Prairies Farm Rehabilitation Act so that it would apply to all parts of Canada. That would be a step toward solving the recurring arguments and disputes about jurisdiction, because we would then have one piece of legislation applicable to all parts of Canada, and the matter of jurisdiction would no longer come up.
Recently in Manitoba we suffered severe damage from flooding. In at least two instances the dominion government has a definite share of the responsibility. However I shall not discuss the matter now. There will be an opportunity on another occasion. But if the
Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act were revised so as to make it applicable to all parts of Canada I believe we would save ourselves a great deal of time in disputing just where the federal government should take over.
I would leave one further thought in connection with the reclamation of land. Now that immigration is again on the increase, it is particularly important that we look toward possibilities of reclaiming land, whether it be in the east, the west or any other part of Canada, where it is possible. Although this is a large country in area, unfortunately much of the land is not arable. There is a certain amount of submarginal and marginal land which, with the application of certain public works and reclamation projects could be brought under cultivation.
If the Minister of Agriculture is to make good his dream of 15,000,000 people in the prairie provinces, and if he is to find room for a portion of them on the land, I believe it will be necessary to carry out projects in other parts of Canada where land may be reclaimed and put into useful production.
As a member from one of the prairie provinces, I am happy to support the resolution, remembering well that in the years of drought and of other misfortunes the people from other parts of Canada came willingly to our assistance.
Subtopic: RECLAMATION AND DEVELOPMENT-ASSISTANCE TO MARITIME PROVINCES