It was last session.
October 27, 1976
government brought in advances for farm stored grain, there was concern that it might be abused. I am sure both ministers will hasten to agree that the application of that program has been exemplary, to say the least.
I am glad to see the hon. member for Winnipeg South (Mr. Richardson) in the House. I know he is very interested in the problems of the west. I hope he will be vocal and tell this House what can be done for the west, what cabinet failed to do in the past, and about the many petitions which he made on behalf of western Canada which were turned down. I am sure the hon. member will perform a very useful function in the remaining days of this parliament.
I did not intend to speak very long. However, I did want to express in the strongest possible terms the concern of my colleagues and of people in western Canada with regard to the paucity of agricultural legislation, the absolute disregard the government has shown with respect to the agricultural industry. We are not led to believe the government has any interest in bringing forward legislation to improve the position of Canadian farmers.
It is not good enough for the Minister of Agriculture to continue to use the hackneyed phrase "things were never better for the farmer". The minister knows in his heart that is not the case. He knows the problems of the farmer are more serious than ever before. The farmer looks to the years ahead with apprehension. He does not have a sense of security with regard to government policies. He cannot look to the future with any degree of certainty.
The government must look seriously at farm input costs and assistance to farmers. Farming is a very substantial business. As I pointed out previously, for someone to get into any sort of farming operation in western Canada, he requires something in the vicinity of $150,000 to acquire a reasonable amount of land and equipment. It is difficult for someone earning a salary in the city to conceive of the amount of capital investment required to get into farming. The farmer looks ahead with apprehension because he knows the substantial amount of money that is required to get into farming.
There are many aspects of the law with regard to taxation and capital gains that this House must study. The government should bring in legislation to minimize the impact of death in a family and the turning over of the family farm to children or families of farmers who are no longer capable of, or interested in, carrying on the business of farming.
These are some of the concerns people talk to me about in my constituency and have discussed with my colleagues. I hope that the Minister of Agriculture, who I see is making notes, will reply to us about some of these concerns and that we will be able to get some very detailed consideration of our suggestions in committee. This may improve the effectiveness of the legislation which in principle I think we all heartily endorse, and for which we commend the minister on bringing forward at this time.
Advance Payments for Crops
Subtopic: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTED CHANGE IN POLICY TO PERMIT BROADCAST OF CONSUMER ANNOUNCEMENTS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43