In view of what has been said by some of the members opposite, and particularly by the hon. member for Battle River-Camrose, namely that this is the first time that there has been put into legislation anything which recognizes the right of the farmers to a fair share of the national income, I should again like to draw his attention to section 9 subsection (2) of the Agricultural Prices Support Act. This provision is not in any preamble but is in an effective part of the act which was binding on the board set up, as a statutory obligation whereas something in a preamble is not binding. As every person who has had anything to do with the interpretation of statutes knows very well, the preamble just expresses a hope whereas a statutory enactment in a section of an act is binding upon those administering it. For the benefit of the hon. member for Battle River-Camrose, who said that this is the first time that anything like this has been enacted, I would read him again the section of the Agricultural Prices Support 96698-2434
Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization Act which embodies this provision. As I pointed out previously, that act was hailed by the president of the federation of agriculture of that time as the most forward looking legislation that had been enacted for many years. I will read this section.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.