December 11, 1962 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)

SC

Bernard Dumont

Social Credit

Mr. Dumont:

Mr. Chairman, the member who spoke before me said a few words about agriculture. I would like to add my own comments, tonight, because I do not think it is necessary to have an Atlantic development board, when, statistics in hand, we know that, at the present time, in Prince Edward Island, out of 12,000 farmers, 2,460 have an income lower than $1,200 a year; that in New Brunswick, out of 22,000 farmers, 13,000 do not make $1,200 annually; that in Nova Scotia, out of 21,000, 13,000 have an income of less than $1,200; that in Newfoundland, out of 2,387, 1,857 do not get an income of $1,200.
To solve the agriculture problem in eastern Canada, as I suggested at the beginning of the twenty fifth parliament, we have only to build grain elevators, reduce the price of [Mr. Macquarrie.l

feed grain, to enable the eastern farmers to get products at a better price. It is not necessary to spend more in order to secure votes at the next election. Eastern farmers want lower priced feed grain. They want to sell the products they have on hand.
Let us give the Canadian consumers, those who have children, like our Quebec people, the power to purchase the commodities produced in their own province.
Let us double the family allowances. Let us vote a larger grant to the sports council in order to train young people who, in then-spare time, will develop and become strong enough to come here and claim their rights. Let us stop establishing boards which will bring no benefit to the people of this country.
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Topic:   ATLANTIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR DEFINITION OF DUTIES, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, ETC.
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