As a member from the province of Quebec I think it is my duty, following the trend of thought in this discussion, to make public by putting on the records of this house the conditions and methods under which this government enters into the picture of giving guarantees to the provinces.
The Minister of Agriculture knows that we interviewed him about some cases in our province similar to those mentioned by the hon. member for Prince (Mr. MacLean). I just want to put on the record the methods followed as I understand them, and if I am wrong, perhaps the Minister of Finance will be good enough to correct me at the same time that he answers other members.
As I understand it, it is the duty of the municipality to come to the rescue of any group of farmers in the municipality, and when the municipality is unable to guarantee seed grain to the whole community in the municipality, the municipal council must ask help from the province.
Subtopic: GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED AND OTHER ASSISTANCE IN SEEDING OPERATIONS IN WESTERN PROVINCES