October 19, 1976

LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

As I said, we did not make a great play about agriculture in the throne speech. That was not an oversight or an omission because the facts speak for themselves. We should remind ourselves of the fact that in the last four years the farmers of Canada have been better off than they have ever been before in their lives.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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An hon. Member:

You come out to Saskatchewan and tell them that.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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An hon. Member:

You are beginning to talk like the Prime Minister,(Mr. Trudeau).

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Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

Just ask all those lawyers who are members of parliament who own land in central Canada, eastern Canada, and western Canada, and they will tell you how much their land values have increased, and how well off they have become. They can tell you how much their share crop in respect of wheat has brought them. They can tell you about these things if you want them to do so.

During the last session there was a very heavy load of agricultural legislation. Those bills are now law and we are working hard toward their implementation.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

It is obvious that food provides a tremendous amount of energy. Just listen to the amount of noise we are getting from the other side.

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An hon. Member:

They are well fed.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

Due to the fine progress the House made on agricultural matters in the last session there was not much carried over into this new session.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Steve Eugene Paproski (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Why are you laughing, Gene?

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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

Following the 1972 election we did not hold up agricultural legislation like they did, yet they try to make out today that they are the farmers' friends. The records of this House show how friendly they were. Some of the statements put on the record in the last couple of days would indicate what kind of friends they are to agriculture. The people involved in agriculture in Canada know the real facts.

There was not much of a carryover, but that is not to say we will not be bringing forward agricultural legislation this session, because we will. The throne speech mentioned one important item, namely, measures to make more farm stored crops eligible for advance payments. This will make the cash advance system, which has been of great assistance to prairie farm grain growers over the years, available to farmers in other parts of Canada and in respect of crops other than grain.

When hon. members opposite were in power they made out they were friends of the farmer, but what did they do? What did they do about advance payments to make farmers equal across Canada? They did nothing at all about it.

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An hon. Member:

Bring in the cheese.

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Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

A true national cash advance system will go a long way toward completion of a comprehensive farm income stabilization plan for Canadian farmers. It will give farmers the opportunity to obtain cash against farm-stored crops rather than having to sell their crops at distress prices at harvest time, and that involves many crops right in the area of Perth-Wil-mot. The hon. member who represents that area should be concerned about that; he should not jeer because it will help an awful lot of farmers in his area. If we put the program into proper use and perspective, we will help him right out of this.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

It Will ease the problem-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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October 19, 1976