Let me remind them that the clear majority granted to them was granted in good part by the farmers of Quebec, which is part of their power base.
Tonight the cabinet is watching the press and the level of publicity from this debate. Last night's Ottawa Journal had this to say. There was a report headed "Cabinet may order men back" and it went on to say:
The cabinet is studying the possibility of forcing striking Quebec longshoremen back to work, Prime Minister Trudeau said Tuesday.
I hope it is, and that it has the guts to do it. What is there to study? All the cabinet need do is act and legislate the longshoremen back to work. If it cannot do this, then it could order an injunction giving needy farmers and their starving cattle, hogs and poultry access to the grain supplies in the Quebec elevators which are so fanatically and illegally picketed, thus withholding grain from the public. This reminds me of the ancient Bishop Hatto of Bingen who would give his hungry people no food.
I call upon the Prime Minister, the cabinet, and government benches, on behalf of the Quebec farmers and feeders, to put an end to this impasse by seeing to it that feed is provided to the livestock of Quebec farmers. In yesterday's Ottawa Citizen there was a picture with a news item showing Quebec trucks lined up at the Prescott elevator to load up with feed grains to be transported to Quebec to help in this serious situation. As a member representing the riding of Frontenac-Lennox and Addington in eastern Ontario, I hope our Prescott elevator supplies help allevi-
ate the shortage and play a helpful role. But there are, of course, limits to supply, and Quebec's problem this week could become our problem in Ontario next week. Then if we run out of grain and the longshoremen, abetted by this do-nothing Liberalism here on Parliament Hill, continue to control the situation and feed remains unavailable in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and Montreal, most of eastern Canada will then be helpless and immobilized as far as this phase of our food production is concerned.
The government has a duty to perform, which is to stop this illegal sideshow run by the longshoremen's union at the elevators in Quebec. Their strike is no doubt a legal one, but their action in picketing grain suppliers is illegal. They are not classed as grain handlers, and their action is victimizing the farmers and feeders of the province of Quebec, starving their livestock and crippling and disrupting the production of food in this country. This must be stopped-immediately, forthwith, and now. I call upon our philosophic Prime Minister, his supine cabinet and his bewildered and misled followers, to govern themselves accordingly and move to alleviate this hardship and injustice that is being perpetrated upon the farmers and feeders of the province of Quebec.
Subtopic: MOTION TO ADJOURN UNDER S.O. 26 LABOUR CONDITIONS LONGSHOREMEN'S STRIKE-EFFECT ON FEED GRAIN SUPPLIES