June 28, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

I understood the minister to say, if they were essential to agriculture, they do not do so. But this is the system which the government are working in order to get volunteers for the army. Certainly many young men who to-day are essential on the farms are not going to ask for postponement. As the minister has just hinted, he would not do it; neither would I do it if I received a call; in fact, I do not think either one of us would wait until we received a call. But if we did, certainly, with our pals over there we would not want to ask for postponement. And many of these young men to-day are not asking for
postponement, despite the fact that they are urgently needed on the farm. I say that the government is not fulfilling its responsibility in that I know of young men who have been operating their own farms, and who are of that call age, who this spring did not operate their farms though they would have done so had they some definite assurance that they could carry on for a year. Under the present system all they can receive is a postponement for six months. That is a most indefinite arrangement for any man who has to plan to-day for the production of foodstuffs to operate on. If the Minister of Labour will not agree with me, certainly the Minister of Agriculture will.

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