Yes, a request. Has the minister received requests from other provinces, and especially has he received from the government of the province of Quebec, a request to provide seed grain?
While I am on my feet I am glad to say that I concur in the remark made by the
leader of the opposition, that the providing of seed grain should not be conditioned upon a man's political allegiance or anything of that kind, but that so long as a farmer proves he is unable to buy his seed grain he should have it. I am pleased that the right hon. gentleman said that, and I should like to be sure that this expression of opinion by the right hon. leader of the Conservative party will be conveyed to the administration in the province of Quebec; because I recall that in the last by-election in Bagot the premier of the province of Quebec said to the electors of the county: "If you want seed grain, vote for the Conservative candidate; if you do not, then vote against him." He also said: "If you want old age pensions"-and remember, Mr. Chairman, that seventy-five per cent of the cost of old age pensions is paid by the federal government-"then vote for the Conservative candidate." And he continued to speak in that way. I am sure that the leader of the opposition would not endorse such statements. I wish to be fair to Mr. Duplessis: he did not say "Conservative party"; he said, "National party." Of course this is a camouflage characteristic of the policy followed by our opponents, but it means the same thing. I am interested to see that these conditions and methods are well known to the people of our province; for I would not consent that a large area of that province should be deprived of seed grain by the provincial government upon the excuse that this government refused to grant it.
Subtopic: GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED AND OTHER ASSISTANCE IN SEEDING OPERATIONS IN WESTERN PROVINCES