June 10, 1924 (14th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)


I was not complaining at
all. I am simply pointing out that the members from the prairie provinces continually take the attitude that we must not help anything such as this oil industry-an industry in which, by the way, I am not interested one way or the other. But I submit that these agricultural estimates are of direct interest and of direct benefit to the farmer, and they cannot be argued to be anything else. By helping the farmer they help the whole country; I do not dispute that, just as by helping the manufacturer we help the whole country. But that is what the western farmer will not admit. He says: If you help the farmer you help the whole country, but if you help the manufacturer you steal it from us. That is the attitude the western farmer takes. Do not let there be any misunderstanding: I am
not complaining about one dollar of these agricultural estimates, and there never has been any objection to them from this corner of the House; we support them.

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