February 2, 1955 (22nd Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rowe:

That is why today we are left
in this position, where the dairymen have just as much uncertainty as ever as to where they are going next year in production, or whether they should get rid of their milk cows and export them to the United States or some place else, in many cases. As the minister said the other day, the only hope he could give, so far as surpluses were concerned, is that the grass might be shorter next year than it was this year. In other words, if we have a big crop of grass, and if the grass grows strong next summer, we might have surpluses again. Our wheat situation is more or less in the same position. If the weather is good and if we have a bumper crop of wheat, the government has not offered any new policy with regard to what they are going to do with it. Not only should consideration be given to the agricultural industry-and I think it is an important one. I think the Minister of Agriculture should take into account the fact that Australia and New Zealand have the cheapest production of livestock products of almost any country in the world. The fact that they have 167 million sheep-just about 80 times as many as we have in Canada-gives one some idea as to what a threat that can be to the livestock industry in this country; the fact that on your minister's own statement yesterday we have now imported, in just the year past, at least three times as much cheese as we did the year before from New Zealand and Australia.

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