March 28, 1924 (14th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)



Yes, it is quite possible that we may have extended our frontier rapidly in many respects as well as in the establishmnet of sub-stations. Our policy used to be that we could not get too far towards the
setting sun, and that was carried out by our pioneer farmers as well. I presume that it was in conformity with that general policy, that this sub-station was opened about fifteen years ago. While possibly we are living in a period of retrenchment, we have not thought it advisable to do anything in the way of abolishing experiments that have been conducted at that sub-station. Whatever my personal views might be with regard to this work, I feel a little loath to begin to tear down any of the work of my predecessors who have been building up those institutions for the last forty years. Yet I hope, where it is shown that they are not required; that the money is either wholly or partially wasted; that there is no possible chance of settlement or of gaining useful information, that change can be brought about if necessary.

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