April 4, 1924 (14th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Because of the increase in insect ravages, all over the Dominion practically. There was a series of very dry years in the Wrest-that is in the southern part of the West-which stimulated interest in these invasions over many parts of Canada. What with the bud worm, the brown-tail moth and the grasshopper there was a demand for increased activities, just as there is today for more- extensive research work in connection with rust and other fungus diseases; and it is in response to that request that a greater expenditure is necessary to-day than formerly. I do not know that the vote should not have been increased this year, but we have kept it at the same figure in the hope that we may be able to carry on with the expenditure proposed.

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