April 6, 1957

AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE AUTHORIZED AWARDS AND LEVY

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture) moved

that the house go into committee to consider Bill No. 157, to amend the Prairie Farm Assistance Act.

Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Applewhaite in the chair.

On clause 1-Number of acres for which award may be made.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE AUTHORIZED AWARDS AND LEVY
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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. Nicholson:

Mr. Chairman, the members in the committee are in very good humour this afternoon and I do not propose to make any extended remarks. This bill was referred to the committee on agriculture and colonization. The minister was good enough to have his officials on hand to answer questions. While legislation never measures up to the expectations of opposition members who would like something better, nevertheless this legislation makes provision for payments which the minister anticipates will be a good deal higher that would have been possible under the previous legislation. It also makes provision for these payments to be

made without any additional levy on the people concerned. It was the hope of all hon. members who were at the committee meetings that at some stage it might be possible to get a more comprehensive plan that would provide assistance for farmers in all parts of Canada. But those who are from the prairie area are glad that this amendment has been brought forward this year.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE ACT
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Clause agreed to. On clause 2-Blocks ineligible for award.


SC

Victor Quelch

Social Credit

Mr. Quelch:

It is very hard to decide whether or not this is a good section. I think that under subsection (a) the farmer will be worse off under this amendment than he would have been before, but under subsection (b), he will be better off. On balance, he will probably gain more as a result of (b) than he will lose as a result of (a), and therefore we must support the section.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE AUTHORIZED AWARDS AND LEVY
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Clause agreed to. Clause 3 agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank hon. gentlemen on both sides of the house for their wonderful co-operation which has enabled us to do more today than the Minister of Finance (Mr. Harris) thought we could do. On Monday it is proposed to begin with the hospital insurance bill, and then take the Agricultural Products Marketing Act. After that the Minister of Finance will consult with hon. gentlemen opposite about the menu for the rest of the day.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

What about the Income Tax Act? Is that not supposed to be on on Monday?

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I am not quite sure whether the minister is prepared to proceed at the beginning of the day. In fact, he did indicate to me he would like the hospital insurance bill first and the Agricultural Products Marketing Act next. He may be quite ready to go on with it third.

On motion of Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East) the house adjourned at 5.56 p.m.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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April 6, 1957