November 14, 1940 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

May I state what this government has done for agriculture?
Before the war, when we found every branch of agriculture floundering in the bogs of narrow nationalism, having had flung to it by the government of the day the rotten planks of state socialism, we offered it trade with a great friendly nation to the south and a mother country forced to prepare for war, with the result that we were returned to office.
When we returned we implemented our pledges, with the further result that the price of every single farm product increased. The volume of the product at increased prices went up. At the end of two years the increased sales to the two important countries had improved in value by more than fifty per cent. This continued in most products right down to the year in which war began. Wheat was the outstanding exception, and crop failure in 1937 largely accounted for that as well as the dropping off in the total farm exports.
No other government at any time has helped the western farmer from the. treasury of Canada to the extent that this government has. We have spent millions of dollars to assist farmers without crops. We have spent additional millions in rehabilitating farmers. I was referred to in the last campaign, a campaign carried on after the war began, as the Santa Claus to western Canada and western farmers.

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