Mr. Speaker, I have just one more point which I felt should be made and which I did not have time to make before the house adjourned for dinner. The whip of our party has suggested that we on this side of the house should limit our speeches to something under 20 minutes. As I treat his wishes as I treated those of my colonel, as a command, I shall try to conclude my speech in the next few minutes.
I should like to say, through you, to the members of this house and to all citizens of Canada that all the opposition parties have done great damage to the farmers of this country through the lengthy questions and debate in connection with the butter situation. Throughout the country among those who buy butter the feeling has been created that our country is loaded down with stale butter. By their continual harping on this question I am certain many people have been led to believe that it would be better if they did not buy butter at this time.
I can remember, when the foot-and-mouth disease was being discussed in this house, going home and finding that for the first time since I was married we did not have a roast of beef on the table for our Sunday dinner. I just could not believe it, because I knew my wife felt that at a Sunday dinner we should have a choice cut of beef. We had a nice roast of pork, and I jokingly asked what was wrong with beef. My wife replied that with all the talk of foot-and-mouth disease she did not think we should be eating beef. I laughed and said, "You know that pork has the same trouble as beef with regard to foot-and-mouth disease." When I came home at the end of the following week after there had been a further debate in this house I found that we were having chicken for dinner.
I do not think my wife is different from any other housewife in the country. If she was influenced by the controversy that went on in this house regarding an agricultural product, then I think great damage is being done to our farmers by the present controversy over butter sales that is going on at this time. I should like to suggest through
you to the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) that he make a statement to the house that we have the finest butter for sale, that it is in excellent condition, that we will have no stale butter to put on the market. We will then have the public of this country buying the best food they possibly can buy.