Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):
Mr. Speaker, a little delayed but nevertheless under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity relating to the signs of spring, which unfortunately are not all that evident in the capital today but which do manifest themselves in the fresh daffodils from my riding of Esquimalt-Saanich, and which are available in the lobbies to all hon. members.
In view of the growing unemployment across the country and particularly in my riding, in view also of the unfair competition under which Canadian agriculturalists and hor-ticulturalists in the west suffer from cheap products from abroad in the form of vegetables, cut flowers, shrubs and fruits, some of which are almost certainly dumped on to the Canada market from overseas, I seek the unanimous consent of this House for the following motion, seconded by the hon. member for Okanagan Boundary (Mr. Whittaker):
That the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Whelan) in consultation with his colleague the Minister of Finance (Mr. Macdonald) undertake a review of the regulations relating to the seasonal imposition of duties on vegetables, cut flowers, shrubs and fruits from outside our borders, in particular recognition of the early maturing stages of these natural products in British Columbia, so that agriculturalists in the garden riding of Esquimalt-Saanich shall be able to continue their commercial operations, provide employment, and provide their customers in the east and in the west with garden fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers for many years to come.
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSED REVIEW OF SEASONAL TARIFFS ON IMPORTED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43