The table is as follows:
Organizations of the Canadian Horticultural Council
British Columbia: B.C. Fruit Board, P. C.
McCallum; B.C. Fruit Growers Association; B.C. Interior Vegetable Marketing Board; B.C. Coast Vegetable Marketing Board; B.C. Tree Fruits Limited; Okanagan Federated Shippers' Association.
Manitoba: Vegetable Growers Association of
Manitoba; The Gardeners Sales Ltd.
Ontario: Ontario Asparagus Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Berry Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association; Ontario Grape Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Peach Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Pear, Plum & Cherry Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association; Niagara Fruit Shippers' Association; Ontario Peach Growers Cooperative; Ontario Vegetable Growers Marketing Board; Ontario Potato Growers' Association.
Quebec: Quebec Pomological & Fruit Growing Society; Quebec Federation of Vegetable Growers; Cooperative Federee de Quebec.
New Brunswick: N.B. Potato Shippers Association; N.B. Fruit Growers Association; Hartland Agricultural Society.
Nova Scotia: N.S. Fruit Growers Association; Scotian Gold Cooperative Limited.
Prince Edward Island: P.E.I. Potato Promotion Committee; P.E.I. Potato Marketing Board; P.E.I. Producers Cooperative Association.
National: Canadian Association of Nurserymen; Canadian Food Processors Association; Allied Florists & Growers of Canada, Inc.; Canadian Mushroom Growers' Association; Canadian Wood Products Ltd.; Canadian Fruit Wholesalers' Association; Canadian Wine Institute.
Province: P.E.I. Department of Agriculture; N.S. Department of Agriculture; N.B. Department of Agriculture; Quebec Department of Agriculture; Ontario Department of Agriculture; Manitoba Department of Agriculture; B.C. Department of Agriculture.
Associate: Ontario Food Processors Association; Continental Can Company; H. J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd.; Martin Paper Products Limited.; Niagara Peninsula Fruit Growers Association; Norfolk Fruit Growers Association; Thompson Wood Products Limited; Jordan-Danforth Wines Limited; T. G. Bright & Company Limited; Chateau-Gai Wines Limited; W. Clark Limited, Lome Clark; Gair Company of Canada Ltd; Bath-hurst Containers Limited; B.C. Federation of Agriculture.
Contributors: Alphonse Raymond Limitee; Atkin's Flowers; Kent Fruit Growers Cooperative; Northern Seed Potato Co. Limited; Oxford Fruit Cooperative Limited; Superior Bulb Company Limited.
On referring to the list, Mr. Speaker, it is noted that the province of Quebec has its various organizations, as does Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This list is a long one, comprising virtually all growers in Canada. My purpose in placing this list on the record is to show that requests coming from the council are in no wise sectional but rather the unanimous decision of a representative body. You will see that this can mean only one thing, and that is an ideal relationship between the council and the government, particularly with the Department of Agriculture. This has long been recognized by the department and I need only quote the words of a former minister of agriculture, Mr. Gardiner, to this effect, when he stated in Hansard of Friday, July 24, 1942, at page 4697 as follows:
I want to say . . . that the Department of Agriculture and I as minister greatly appreciate the associations that have existed between the horticultural council and the department . . . Since I have had the privilege of being Minister of Agriculture the one group of farm producers who have maintained ideal relationships between the department and their industry are those people who are associated with the horticultural council . . . They have not asked the department or the government to be represented in certain places. They set up an organization of their own; they have made known their needs and seen to it that the department at all times knew what their organization thought ought to be done. They have worked consistently at the task of taking care of the interests of their producers. They have not wasted any of their energies in other directions. While the thanks of the growers of fruit, and particularly the apple growers, have been extended to the department officials and to myself as minister, I must say that a great part of the credit is due to the fact that the industry has been so well organized under the council ... I think they found the officials of the different departments ready to sit down with
them to work out their problems. The problem could not be dealt with entirely by the Department of Agriculture. The Department of Finance plays a considerable part . . . and also the Department of Trade and Commerce when the problem is associated with trade outside of Canada. That organization at all times has been well informed not only with regard to their own industry here, but also with regard to the possibilities of marketing their products. They have stayed with the job until they, in co-operation with our officials, have worked out plans which would be helpful.
May I also quote Mr. Stirling, a former Conservative member of this house, who for many years ably represented his constituency. His remarks followed those made by Mr. Gardiner and are reported in the same edition of Hansard:
I should like to present my own thanks to the minister tor the way in which he has referred to the Canadian Horticultural Council. I feel sure that the recognition which he has given this evening will be greatly appreciated by the many associations which go to make up that council.
So long as I have been a member of this house, in my endeavours to represent the fruit and vegetable growers of the part of Canada that I represent, it has been of very great assistance to me to be able to turn to the information always available through the secretary of the horticultural council.
May I add my own appreciation of the services provided by the council? I may say in passing that they were kind enough to have me at their last three-day meeting in Ottawa. I have dealt with this council at length, because I wish hon. members to know more about it. This body-the Canadian Horticultural Council-is a sincere one. There is nothing sectional in its ambitions. The government knows, through its long association with the council, that the requests made by it have been thoroughly studied and debated, and it is for this reason that the government respects the council's decision.
You will understand now, Mr. Speaker, that I have no hesitation about raising my final point, which is this: that the government should give effect to the fair value for duty section which applies to fruits and vegetables. You will recall that it was passed last year under the amendment to the Customs Act, namely paragraph (b) subsection 7 of section 40A. However-and this should be underlined -this was only to take effect upon proclamation, and to date the section has yet to be proclaimed. The Canadian Horticultural Council has always recognized the principle of fair value for duty. They feel that it is an absolutely necessary safeguard against distress selling or, as we say otherwise, the importation of fruit and vegetables into this country at fire sale prices. I say that the council has always recognized the principle of fair value for duty, but perhaps it would be better to say that they have fought for it since the inception of the council in 1922.
The Budget-Mr. Pearson
Finally, I subscribe to this principle because I have seen the effects of distress selling in my own constituency, and I am sure many hon. members here have themselves seen the effect of distress selling in their own ridings. I myself have seen the gradual deterioration of a well established industry. It is a hard thing to consider that at best our growers can only realize a second rate price for the goods they produce. Fair value for duty is, I think it is fair to say, the answer to this problem, and I now ask the government to give early and earnest consideration to this establishment.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE