March 5, 1953

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

If the hon. member for Mackenzie wants to reply to any of the points I am making, he can take his 40 minutes and we will all listen.

Then the minister said that the price of wheat under the Bennett government was terrible. Well, it was terrible. The minister said it averaged 60 cents a bushel. The price of wheat went up under the Liberal government to over a dollar a bushel. After the Minister of Agriculture had been here about three years the price went up to $1.45 right in Saskatchewan. However, the farmer was not selling the wheat; he was buying seed and he was charged $1.45 or $1.50 per bushel. Then he was asked to pay that money back the next fall, or any part of it that he could, when under this benevolent Liberal government the price of wheat to the farmer had fallen to 50 cents a bushel.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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Some hon. Members:

Shame, shame.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Under this Liberal government which has always been good to agriculture- so it says-if you got a bushel of seed wheat from them you had the privilege of paying it

The Budget-Mr. Argue back and of paying three bushels for every one you put in the ground.

Had the Minister of Agriculture been fair he would have pointed out that the statistical index covering costs and prices shows that the farm position today is worse than it has been at any time in the past ten years. The farmer's cost of production is going up and up, and the farmer's prices are going down and down. For the last year the minister has been telling the farmer to hold his cattle and feed them grain, that everything would be all right just as soon as the United States market was opened.

Well, the United States market is open, and I have not seen much improvement in cattle prices. The minister has been able to remove the floor from cattle prices, and he has gotten out of all responsibility. The best information we get from the men in his own depart-

ment is that cattle prices in the United States will go down by 20 per cent in the next four years. Under this government, of course, when United States cattle prices go down so do Canadian cattle prices. They have taken off the. floor, but even if they had a floor they would not pay the farmer. They would pay their friends in the packing industry, and then the farmer would have to try to get his money from that industry.

On motion of Mr. Argue the debate was adjourned.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Tomorrow we shall continue this debate, and hope we can have a vote on the subamendment.

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At ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.



Friday, March 6, 1953


March 5, 1953