Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Victoria-Carleton asked if the government had considered extending the assistance under the program presently carried on by the federal government in connection with the spruce budworm infestation in New Brunswick.
I would like to announce at this time that the government of Canada had agreed to contribute to the government of New Brunswick one-third of the cost of the aerial spraying operation against the spruce budworm in that province up to a maximum of $3,250,000 until March 31, 1959. This maximum contribution is now almost completely expended and it is expected that it will be fully utilized by the end of this fiscal year.
In view of the need for a further spraying program in the summer of 1958, and at the request of the New Brunswick government, it has now been agreed, subject to the necessary funds being voted by parliament, that a further federal contribution not exceeding $600,000 will be made available for this purpose in the fiscal year 1958-59. This sum represents one-third of the estimated cost of the 1958 spraying program.
Through the forest biology division of the science service, Department of Agriculture, the government of Canada is continuing to provide technical advice and assistance to the aerial spraying program.
Subtopic: ASSISTANCE IN SPRUCE