In response to a question which I asked a few minutes ago the minister stated that this was a matter of government policy and therefore the National Dairy Council had not been consulted. I presume that would also apply so far as the British government is concerned. But I notice that in the schedule, under article one, free entry is provided into the British market for our butter and cheese and other milk products for three years certain. After that it is uncertain. That to me is a clear indication that the British government must have consulted their agricultural interests. In another article of the agreement reference is made to bacon and ham and pork products, and the provisions of that article are subject to a report to be made by a commission which is investigating farming conditions in Great Britain. I am convinced that the farmers of Canada have had a raw deal. They have knocked at the doors of the government asking to make representations so that the great industry of agriculture might receive some benefits and, at least on one occasion, they were refused. I point out that this government might better have left these two items of barbed wire and cream separators off the list entirely, because no maitter what their explanations may be the farmers are feeling they are being imposed upon by what the hon. member for North Huron (Mr. Spotton) has described as a great
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octopus. I am convinced that there is a whole family of them imposing upon the farmers, keeping prices up to a point they cannot reach. At the same time their farm produce, the only commodity they have to sell, is selling at ridiculously low prices. How can they go on with the prices they are receiving for their butter, cheese and milk; how can they pay for their equipment from the small receipts taken in for their produce. They are feeling keenly that this high tariff government is no friend of the farming industry.
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