Mr. T. A. THOMPSON (Lanark):
Before the orders of the day are called I should like to direct the attention of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) to several complaints I had received from farmers in my riding who purchased cattle in the dry areas last fall, brought them to Ontario and fed them through the winter. These cattle are now ready for market but they find they are unable to sell them. Their complaint is that 100.000 of these cattle were brought into Ontario last year and the local market has not been able to absorb them. They find also that there is a shortage of space in ocean going vessels for export purposes. I have a letter here from a farmers' club signed by the president and secretary, in which they say:
If we sold our cattle at present prices we stand to lose from $15 to $20 a head. But this is not the worst of it. We have large numbers of cattle now, for which we can find no buyers at all.
They have asked me in this letter to call the attention of the Minister of Agriculture to the situation because the department induced the farmers to buy these cattle and bring them to Ontario, and they feel that they ought to be given some assistance in marketing them.
Subtopic: COMPLAINT OF ONTARIO FARMERS AS TO MARKETING OF STOCK OBTAINED FROM WESTERN DROUGHT AREA AND LARGE RANGES