Keep it up!
Mr. Speaker, the attitude of the Liberal members is one of contempt toward the western farmer, as just shown by the minister.
Inquiries of the Ministry
I ask the minister whether he will table the regulations today so they will be available? All we have yet received is a brush-off from a minister who has done nothing for the western farmers.
On the question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I, of course, do not have the regulations in my hand. I was conscious of the fact that at a later date it might require the consent of the House to table them. That is why I used the words I did.
If it requires the consent of the House, can that be secured now so that this fractious minister can produce them?
REQUEST FOR CORRESPONDENCE ON ACREAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM
Mr. John Burion (Regina East):
A further supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. When did these regulations go into force and on what date was the order in council passed? Also, in view of the fact that the minister was able to release an exchange of correspondence between the President of the National Farmers' Union and himself on the question of operation LIFT, can he indicate to us whether he is prepared to make available all correspondence between the minister and the government and farm organizations since operation LIFT was first discussed with farm organizations?
Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister without Portfolio):
Mr. Speaker, I will certainly be glad to give consideration to the question in relation to the various parts of correspondence. Of course the usual conditions will have to be applied. It might be more useful if we had specific requests rather than a broad one of this sort. The consent of a variety of people may be required in order to fulfil the request.
I have one short supplementary question arising out of an answer given earlier by the minister. He asked hon. members to refer specifically to correspondence that they would like him to table. Would he arrange to table the telegram from the President of the National Farmers Union to the Prime Minister on February 22 in which the government's proposals for operation LIFT were specifically rejected?
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That is the kind of difficulty I can foresee with regard to the general question. I am not sure it is in my hands, in any respect, to table that item.
WHEAT-ACREAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM-EXTENSION BEYOND JULY 15 FOR SEEDING COVER CROP
Mr. S. J. Korchinski (Mackenzie):
My question is directed to the Minister of Agriculture. In view of the fact that seeding by most farmers will be at least one month later than the seeding that will be done on the minister's farm, and as the farmers will not be able to reap the fodder from any perennial grass cover crop that he may be able to, will the minister extend the date from July 15 by at least three weeks or one month so that other farmers can qualify in the same way that he can?
Hon. H. A. Olson (Minister of Agriculture):
If the hon. member had been here the other day, he would know that I answered a question essentially the same as the one he is now asking. July 15 is approximately the middle of the summer in all regions of Canada. It has to be borne in mind that the permission to seed a cover crop of oats before July 15 was designed for protection against soil erosion, wind erosion, not primarily for the purpose of seeding a crop of that nature.
In view of the fact that perennial grass cannot be used as hay for at least two years, will the minister be prepared to help farmers who wish to co-operate with him by extending the period for one month and allowing them to use the cover crop for fodder?