Mr. Chairman, I should like to ask the minister where the Nova Scotia potato grower stands with regard to the subsidy on potatoes. There are quite a
few potato growers in Nova Scotia. It is true that they do not always have to take as low a price as the potato growers in Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick, but sometimes they have to take less than the 44 or 45 cents per bushel which was mentioned last evening and this afternoon.
I support the hon. member for Queens and the hon. member for Victoria-Carleton, who have asked for a support price for potatoes in the maritime provinces. This is a large item of production in those three provinces, especially in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. I do not see why a farmer who has put in long hours growing potatoes should have to sell them at 25 cents or 30 cents per bushel with no floor under his price, while the western farmer gets a good price for his wheat and has the benefit of a floor under his price. The same goes for butter. The potato grower should receive the same consideration. I want the minister to tell us why Nova Scotia was not brought under this agreement. It may be the fault of the provincial government. 1 understand they have a good marketing board in that province. I should like to see a support price for potatoes, to govern not only the old crop but to be carried forward in connection with the new crop.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE