March 25, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

Yes, and my hon. friends will find the same report in the Regina Leader-Post if they will look it up. I would advise hon. members to read also the Free Press and the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix; if they do they will get some interesting information. This report states that a whole trainload of horses had to be unloaded at Areola before they got to their various destinations. Some had to be taken out and a veterinary called; then they were reloaded and taken to various places, such as Creelman and Fillmore. Some had to be taken to farms on stone-boats. That is a serious matter and it explains why there is a shortage of horse power in the province. In my opinion the farmers in certain parts of that province would be justified in asking the government to give them some compensation for the loss they have suffered in horses, particularly those shipped to the feeding ground in Manitoba. They were encouraged to ship the horses, in fact they were forced to do so because feed was not provided in Saskatchewan, and when the horses were shipped out they should have been properly cared for. As I have said, however, many of the horses are returning in a terribly weakened condition and they will not be able to cope with the spring work. That is why I suggest that the government should assist the farmers in providing tractors to put in the crop, because fifty per cent of the horses will not be able to go into spring work at all. However, we shall have more details when the bill is in committee. In the meantime I think it is necessary to get this resolution through as quickly as possible in order to facilitate the seeding operations in the province. The matter is of vital importance.

Topic:   SEED GRAIN
Subtopic:   GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED AND OTHER ASSISTANCE IN SEEDING OPERATIONS IN WESTERN PROVINCES
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