Mr. T. F. DONNELLY (Wood Mountain):
I listened with a great deal of interest this afternoon to the hon. member for Davenport (Mr. MacNicol) speaking on the subject of prairie farm rehabilitation. I want to thank him for his kind remarks. I remember that in 1933 or 1934, rising from my seat a little to the rear, I referred to the necessity of making a survey of southern Saskatchewan in order to find out whether it should be farmed or not. I then advised the government of the day, which was led by Mr. Bennett, that if they decided that that section of the country was not fit to be farmed, the inhabitants should be moved out, and that if they decided that it was fit to be farmed they should show the farmers how to farm the land. The result was that the next year the government of the Right Hon. R. B. Bennett let a contract for two dams in the southern section, one at Eastend, I believe, and the other at Valmarie; and from that has grown up what is known as prairie farm rehabilitation. It has done a great
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work; it has been expanding and has expanded until we now have a great system of small dams and small dug-outs throughout Saskatchewan, helping farmers to raise stock by providing them with plenty of water.
The hon. member for Davenport wanted to know what he could do to help the government to hurry through with its programme of business. Well, I have been here the same length of time, namely thirty-seven days, as he has this session, and this is the first occasion on which I have made a speech. If the hon. member would do the same as I have done we should get through much quicker and transact a great deal more business. I believe that he has spoken six or seven times this session. If I take up forty minutes in the thirty-seven days I have been here, I shall have just about occupied all the time to which any one member is entitled. But if certain hon. members speak for forty minutes seven or eight times in the session, of course it takes a long time and the business does not go very fast.
I listened to the speech of the hon. membei for Weyburn (Mr. Douglas) this afternoon. He seems to have a word on his mind which has been there for a number of years and which to-day he used continually. I refer to the word " bogeyman." He must have used it nine or ten times to-day. I wonder whether he remembers that he also used it away back in 1937. At that time we were trying to get some estimates for national defence through the house, but we had great difficulty in doing so. Let me quote from what the hon. member said at that time, to show that, as things turned out, he was not blessed with much of the prophetic spirit. As reported in Hansard of February 19, 1937, at page 1063, he said:
Against whom are we arming? What potential aggressor is more aggressive to-day? Oh, I know that bogeymen have been trotted out in this chamber. It has been suggested that it might be Italy, it might be Germany, it might be Japan.
What a prophet!
Topic: THE BUDGET
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