Hon. Harry W. Hays (Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago I announced plans for a coast to coast tour by the house committee on agriculture. We have worked out a tentative itinerary which will take the committee into every province over a two week period. We had hoped to be able to organize this tour for early August, but I wish to inform the house now that this has not been possible, for several reasons. In the first place, we have been unable to charter a suitable aircraft during August for the two week period we estimate the tour will take. Another obstacle to having the tour during August is the problem of booking accommodation for such a large group at the height of the tourist season. We also thought committee members might find the weather rather unpleasantly hot for the kind of intensive itinerary, including long bus rides through the countryside, at this time of year. For all these reasons we have decided to postpone the tour for a few weeks.
A suitable aircraft is available for late September and early October, and we now expect to take the committee on this tour of the country at that time to see our farm problems as they really are, the better, we hope, to deal with them in parliament in the future.
Subtopic: PROPOSED NATION-WIDE TOUR BY HOUSE COMMITTEE