October 19, 1976 (30th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

As Minister of Agriculture representing this government and the farmers of Canada I have visited countries in different parts of the world. Sure, we do have problems, but they are very small when compared with the problems of farmers in other parts of the world. They are so small, they are hard to measure. There is hardly a ruler which would measure them. I am thinking of the problems of farmers in countries in the Balkans, in other parts of Europe and so on.
The only serious challenge we have is to do our job well, and because of that we end up with surpluses. We should count that as a blessing. I said last year in this House, and I will say it again, that if I were in the U.S.S.R. or in some other country they would not be saying that I should be fired; they would be giving me a medal because I would be the leader and the person responsible for the most efficient group of agricultural producers in the world, producers of surpluses and the envy of countries such as China and Russia.

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