April 3, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Alexandre Joseph Doucet

Conservative (1867-1942)


My figures are going to
be conservative in the extreme; I do not propose to exaggerate on that or any other point. Then we have an expenditure on the development of a golf course at Jasper park in Alberta of $124,290 and an expenditure on a golf course at Minaki of $94,631. In addition to these sums we find that advertising by the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Low), to the effect that "Canada is coming through", has cost us practically $3,000 while advertising contracts on the part of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) amount to $55,000, amongst which I find an item of some $7,000 for insect pests. On that point, the people of this country think they have sufficient pests just now without advertising any more. And when we compare the salaries and contingencies of the civil service for the fiscal year 1921-22, with those of the year 1925-26, we find an increase of $1,236,547; while, comparing the salaries and remuneration paid to deputy ministers and heads of departments between the years 1921 and 1924, we discover a further increase of $51,000. Add to all that the numerous other expenditures entailed in the Scribe hotel deal, the Union club of London, the junketing trip to Wembley, and the completion of the tower of this building, which although a manifest necessity at some time is nevertheless unwarrantable at the present moment, an item that could very well be dispensed with until later on-adding all these things together, I say, we have an expenditure of millions of dollars that could have been avoided. There seems to be no attempt on the part of this administration to curtail expenditures or to retrench and economize in any direction; and in consequence, from every section of Can-

The Budget-Mr. Doucet

ada from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the cry goes up of hard times. It is no wonder that the electorate are anxious that the present government should appeal to them for their judgment.
Speaking on the budget, in the session of 1924, I was told by my hon. friend from Gloucester (Mr. Robichaud) that the amendment proposed to the budget was of such a nature that it would increase the taxation of the farming and fishing population of my section of the country. I thought otherwise, and I stated at the time that the reductions on fertilizers and fanning implements proposed in the budget would not benefit the farmers of the Dominion. I have before me statistics to confirm my contention at that time. These statistics are published by the Department of Agriculture and show the prices of mixed fertilizers for 1924 and 1925. I am quoting from the issues of February 7, 1924, and February 5, 1925, of Seed, Feed and Fertilizers Markets, and I am confident that no hon. member will dispute these figures for mixed fertilizers at New Brunswick points:
1924 1925
Fertilizer, 2-10-2
$34 00 $36 63Fertilizer, 4-8-4
40 70 42 09Fertilizer, 2-8-10
38 80 40 50
And at Quebec points-
Nitrate of Soda
62 50 68 00Sulphate of Ammonia
78 00 80 00Muriate of Potash
39 45 45 00Sulphate of Potash
47 00 62 50
Then again, while the 20 per cent duty was taken off acid phosphate, the price to Nova Scotia points in 1924 was $18.50 as against $20.75 this year, or an increase of $2.25 per ton.
Now, Mr. Speaker, the farmers of this country had been led to believe that the reduction of 5 per cent in the tariff on farming implements would benefit them greatly. I have taken pains to get the price lists of farm implements from manufacturers in Quebec and from the International Harvester Company in Ontario. I will not weary the House by reading a long list, I will content myself with a comparison of 1923 and 1925 prices on six implements which practically every farmer uses. This is the list:
1923 1925
Disc harrow, American manufacture.. $ 51 00 I 60 00Disc harrow, Canadian manufacture.. 45 50 50 50Disc drill, American manufacture.. .. 143 00 150 00Five-foot mower
92 00 93 50Ensilage blower
225 00 250 00Feed cutter
75 00 80 00

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