Mr. ROBERT HOLMES.
Mr. Speaker, I have no intention of following the hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) in his general argument, but only desire to deal in a genera! way with a matter which has been alluded to, and to which, as I am acquainted with the facts, I feel justified in calling attention. Reference has been made to the poultry stations, and the one established at Holmes-ville has been especially dealt with. Holmes-ville happens to be in my own riding. It is in the centre of a strongly Conservative part of the constituency. Yet I challenge any hon. gentleman on the opposite side to come into the riding of West Huron and attempt to convince the farmers there that the government's expenditure on the poultry station at Holmesville was an unwise or extravagant expendR'we and make a single
vote thereby. While the figures given in the Auditor General's Report show an apparent discrepancy between the receipts and expenditure, they are misleading to this extent, that, unless you know the circumstances, you cannot fairly judge as to the actual results of the work of the station As the bon. minister has said, there was no desire or expectation, in establishing these poultry stations-as is the case with other experimental stations-that they would be iself-susitaininig. But a large number \pf chickens are sold during the year after the Auditor General's Report is closed. If the report was made out to show the receipts for a year of the poultry station's operations, it would show that, except for expenditure on capital account-for buildings and so on -there would toe very little loss. As a result of the work of the station at Holmesville- and I speak only of that, for it is the one with whose work I am familiar-in our section of the country, where we formerly bought chickens at 25 cents and 30 cents a pair the farmers are now selling them, as stated by the hon. minister, at 10 cents per pound. The people have so improved their raising of poultry through the lessons they learned in connection with the poultry station that they are now supplying the local demand at 10 cents per pound-and let me say that they cannot fully supply the demand even at that price. The hon. gentleman may take exception to anything he likes an connection with the Department of Agriculture, hut I challenge him again to take exception in West Huron to the work of the poultry station in that riding. Even the hon. gentleman's Conservative friends endorse it. I know a large number of Conservatives who believe that it has been one of the best institutions ever established under the Department of Agriculture. Men who, at the outset, thought it nothing but an election dodge, are willing to admit that it has been practically useful in the development of the poultry industry.
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