Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):
Mr. Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity namely, that the railway companies are engaged in a national propaganda campaign to abolish the statutory Crowsnest freight rates which have been in existence since 1898 and which have been a cornerstone of benefit to the western wheat farmer and to tens of thousands of farmers who otherwise would have been unable to carry on.
Should the railways be successful in their objective, a body blow will have been struck to western farmers. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Saskatoon-Biggar (Mr. Hnatyshyn):
That this House declares there shall be no interference with these rates and that they should be continued in full force and effect.
Subtopic: CROWSNEST PASS FREIGHT RATES-MOTION UNDER S O. 43