May 8, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

My understanding is that there is no such provision in the bill. The deduction that the hon. member for Ontario made from his survey of the whole situation as he saw it and the dangers inherent in provisions set out in this bill in regard to marketing, which provisions were altogether different from those he dealt with in the other policies outlined by him, led him to conclude with a very definite statement as to the dangers of compulsory cooperation. He stated that it would sap from the individual his personal initiative; that it would -make him a serf, reduce him to serfdom, to slavery, to becoming a ward of the state; also that it would lessen his credit, that he would not be able to get the same credit from banks, mortgage companies, and so forth that, I take it from what my hon. friend said, the individual would if he retained his individuality without becoming a party to this compulsory cooperation that the hon. gentleman decried so strenuously.

Marketing Act
That sounds all very well in theory or in words, but let us rather examine compulsory cooperation as it is in practice. Have we in Canada any one hundred per cent compulsory cooperation?

Topic:   MARKETING ACT
Subtopic:   ORGANIZATION TO IMPROVE METHODS AND PRACTICES IN MARKETING NATURAL PRODUCTS
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