March 28, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

John James Smith

Liberal

Mr. Smiih (Moose Mountain):

I join with my friends in the opposition who have asked this government for contracts. They have said, however, that the government of the day had done nothing to get contracts. I should like any member in the opposition, or anywhere else in the house, to show me where the government of the day with regard to agricultural products have refused to sign a contract with any country in the world if they figured they were getting a fair deal for the farmer. If you can do that, I will sit down and never open my mouth again in this session. Well, no reply. It takes two to make a contract. I join with my friends in asking the government to get contracts; I cannot join with them, however, in their amendment to ask in one breath for a contract and in the other to tie that department down so that it cannot sign contracts. We know perfectly well that when a contract is made the Department of Agriculture must initiate it or must deal with the appropriate department of other countries and make that deal and the other country has something to say about the price. I am therefore not supporting the amendment.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRICES SUPPORT ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR CONTINUATION IN FORCE ON AND AFTER MARCH 31, 1950
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