May 28, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Thomas Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMPSON (Lanark):

The ex-Postmaster General, in concluding his speech, intimated that the National Dairy Council was a partisan organization and therefore he was opposed to voting them this $5,000. I should like to ask the hon. gentleman why the government of which he was a member for years voted the National Dairy Council this $5,000. I was at the organization meeting of the National Dairy Council, and for many years I represented eastern Ontario on it. It has always been at least three-quarters Grit in its composition. The Liberals on it always outweighed the Conservatives by a large number, and to-day the same situation prevails Further, when we had a delegation to interview the late Mr. Robb to remonstrate with him against making this treaty with Australia and allowing New Zealand butter to come in free, the great trouble was to accomplish anything without hurting the administration of that day. I want to say further, as I said this afternoon, that while the National Dairy Council has been composed of more Liberals than Conservatives, they have been men who have had the interests of the dairy industry at heart and have rendered Canada splendid service, and this item should pass.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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