Mr. Chairman, I am glad the Minister of Agriculture has provided an opportunity for us to express our appreciation of the splendid work done by the late Doctor Motherwell and to pay a tribute to him and regret his passing. He was one of the early pioneers. One hon. member has already referred to the fact that my father had some little association with Doctor Motherwell in the pioneer days. He was bom on a farm in Ontario. He proved his initiative in going to western Canada and applying there the principles of sound agriculture. He started on a farm near Abemethy, which is north of the Qu'Appelle valley. The farm of the Minister of Agriculture is nearby, and I might mention that my own farm is less than twenty miles from Doctor Motherwell's farmstead;
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Supply-The late Hon. W. R. Motherwell
I knew the property very well. I well recall having been present, when a mere boy, at the first meeting in Indian Head attended by Doctor Motherwell, and I was proud of the fact that my father was there in association with him in forming the first grain growers' association, which was organized at that meeting to fight for a square deal for the farmer. In those days the main issue was the right to ship grain in cars and get better service. Mr. Motherwell was elected on that occasion to head that organization. I think he did a good job.
Much has already been said of what he accomplished on behalf of the farmers. He fought for them right through. Those were the days of the buckboard and pony. Jn the winter time Mr. Motherwell hauled his grain across the Qu'Appelle valley. I remember on one occasion, when I happened to be in Sintaluta, which is a little east of Indian Head, he arrived with a load of grain in bags, drawn by a team of horses; the grain was not even in bulk. He was a pioneer. It is not necessary for me to enlarge upon what has already been said with respect to the part he played in political affairs and in the public life of Canada. I had the honour of sitting in this house with him for a number of sessions, and I cannot help but say that he was a fair fighter. We did not always agree, but he was always willing to be fair, and beyond doubt he made a great contribution to public life and set a great example to those who sat with him and followed him. I am pleased to have had this opportunity of paying my respects and expressing a word of appreciation of this splendid character.
Topic: MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE