June 4, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Édouard Lacroix

Liberal

Mr. LACROIX:

A short while ago, sir,
I listened attentively to the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Stevens) who informed us that under the present administration 254,000,000 bushels of wheat had been exported compared with 155,000,000 bushels during the previous year. This reminds me that when a person wishes to liquidate or get rid of his goods, means are always found to ship them. Railways are at a standstill and they are very glad indeed of the opportunity of shipping wheat for the sake of freight. May I give you proof of this: Last winter,
there were large quantities of wheat stored in the Quebec elevators, and when I purchased some of this wheat, I made my payments to the railways which had been unable to collect the freight rates on the wheat shipped from the west to Quebec.
I agree with the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce and really think that the eastern farmers will sell much more butter this year than they did last year, but may I also add, just as the Conservative members did on the platforms: farmers search your pockets to see whether you have the same amount of money as you had during the election of 1930. Last week, I met a farmer of the county of Dorchester who told me: I have ten cows and I have just come back from the butter factory with my pay which amounts to $4.16 for the week.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL
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