As has been stated this $80,000 is to provide a further amount for the operation and maintenance of the forestry research branch of the forestry department. The minister has just explained the purposes for which it is required. It is to provide certain winter works programs in different provinces, which will mean about $57,000 in salaries and wages.
We all know that research in forestry has a different purpose. First of all it is aimed
at protecting our forests, increasing production and, at the same time, helping in the processing of our forestry products. In doing this it also helps the general economy. It improves conditions throughout the country, but it must also provide some assistance, some relief, to those who are more closely connected with the industry.
We understand the Minister of Forestry has some practical interest and very practical experience in this field, but I would like to refer very briefly to one class of people who are interested in forestry, the small farmers who have woodlots of their own and who must derive a living from their woodlots. I am sure the Minister of Forestry is aware of the statement made by the Prime Minister at Rimouski on February 26, 1958, when he stated that a Conservative government would introduce to parliament a new agricultural price support to provide farmers with a higher income. At that time he suggested that wood might also be brought under the protection of subsidies. The Prime Minister's own words were taken down and reported in the Toronto daily Star of February 27, 1958, as follows:
I hope, and representations have been made, that the advisory committee and the stabilization board (which will administer the act) will give consideration to including farmer-produced woods so they will know the lowest prices they will receive a year in advance.
I am sure the Minister of Forestry knows what the Prime Minister meant when he made that statement.