Possibly the other place constitutes a form of superannuation in the minds of some, but I have no doubt that those who find themselves there feel that they earn what they receive. There are not sufficient appointments to go around so we could not afford to rest upon that source of security. Members would contribute to the superannuation fund when they were members. I am speaking as a member with only a few years' experience so I will not be misunderstood. But there are members who have devoted their entire lives to the public service of this country, and I can think of no better example than the right hon. member for Glengarry (Mr. Mackenzie King). While I do not intimate that he is in circumstances that would require consideration from this house, yet I am sure that had there been a scheme like this in operation the right hon. member would not feel any worse.
The issue for the election has been indicated by the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) and others associated with him as being the trade policies of this country. I
think the official opposition are prepared to accept that as one of many issues. It is interesting to note how meagre a thread our trade position hangs upon today. Only last week the right hon. Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) stated in effect at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, that if the United States were to declare wheat surplus it would result in the complete economic collapse of Canada. Those were serious words and they conveyed something to the western farmer.
I was glad to note that the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott), speaking on another platform, intimated that he felt that there was no danger of such an event taking place-
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO REMARKS IN DEBATE OF APRIL 27