I think I need not add anything to the remarks of the hon. member. I have previously stated the conditions under which the federal guarantee is available, and I am quite sure that the great province of Quebec would never admit that its credit is not good enough to enable it to supply anything which in its judgment should be supplied to its farmers. If and when the time comes that Quebec is in a condition similar to that of the two western provinces I have named because of conditions that are all similar, I am quite sure this parliament would give the same consideration to Quebec, and indeed to any other province, as it is now giving to these two western provinces.
I shall endeavour to reply to one of the questions of the leader of the opposition (Mr. Seed Grain
Bennett) with respect to the supply of seed. Others relate more particularly to my colleague the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) who will deal with them.
The leader of the opposition very properly wants to know what steps were taken to ensure that seed will be available. Well, last year it became apparent during the summer that another very serious drought was actually in existence in western Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan, and it speedily became apparent that unless steps were taken very likely there would not be available in that part of Canada in the possession of anyone a sufficiency of wheat to enable a crop to be sown during the 1938 crop season. Under these circumstances the government early last fall- I cannot give the exact date, but I believe it was in September-took stock of the situation and found that the wheat board at that date still owned wheat features to the extent of just short of seven million bushels.
Subtopic: GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED AND OTHER ASSISTANCE IN SEEDING OPERATIONS IN WESTERN PROVINCES