I hear the hon. member for Southeast Grey say "hear, hear." I am not going to talk about hens anyway. I represent the county of Wentworth with a population of 67,000. I have a milk producers' section, a fruit section, a potato-growers' section, a grain growers' section in my county and I have an urban section as well in which the largest farmers' market in the Dominion of Canada is situated. Possibly, therefore, I can speak with some assurance in regard to their interests. I commend the hon. member for bringing this matter to the attention of the house. An hon. member on the other side stated that it might be brought up in some other way. In speaking the other night I said that I would first try to put agriculture on its feet. An hon. member asked me how I would do this. If hon. members will look at Hansard, page 1733, they will find the following:
Mr. Spencer: How?
Mr. Wilson: By dealing internally with the troubles we have, that is with the milk problem, the butter problem, the dairy problem, the meat and meat products problem, right at home
I know very well it is going to be said that this is a provincial matter, but if this does nothing more than stir up the provincial authorities to act and act promptly as regards the problems of the farmers, a great deal will have been accomplished.
I wish to bring a petition before the house and I would have done so before but for the fact that the petition sent to me is, so I am advised, not properly prepared. Let me, however, read this petition sent to me, signed by hundreds of milk producers in my constituency :
We, the undersigned producers of milk, petition and request Mr. Gordon C. Wilson, M.P
Agriculture Committee-Mr. Tetreault
to take whatever steps are necessary in order to bring to the attention of the government the unfair and unfortunate position in which we find ourselves to-day. We believe that some arrangement oan be made whereby the producer of milk will be paid for his milk and milk products a price which at least covers the cost of production and provides for a profit on a par with that earned by the dairies.
As agriculture is one of the most important basic industries of Canada, all reasonable and effective measures should be taken to revive the dairy industry upon a basis equally advantageous to the producer and consumer.
That is the petition I shall present when I have it prepared in proper form in the course of a few days. I approve of the conduct of the hon. member for Brome-Missisquoi (Mr. Pickel), in bringing this matter before the house, and I respectfully suggest the agriculture committee should take notice of it. I am in accord with the remarks of the hon. member for South Battleford (Mr. Vallance), when he suggests that he does not think there was any attempt on the part of the mover to effect a separation between the eastern and western sections of Canada. Far be it from me to form that conclusion from the remarks of the hon. member for Brome-Missisquoi. Although for some time I was a member of the agriculture committee, I am not at the present time. I do feel however that those nterested in fruit, grain, meat, meat products, ar pork should be the ones to bring those particular commodities to the attention of the committee which, in turn, would bring it before the house. In that way very careful discussions would be the result, and proper measures could be introduced to relieve any situation which might arise. No one knows better than I, representing a constituency both urban and rural, that the first thing this government should attempt to do is to put agriculture on its feet.
Topic: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
Subtopic: SUGGESTED DIVISION INTO TWO SECTIONS- AGRICULTURAL AND WHEAT