-since the higher authorities are unable to muster enough courage to criticize a liberal provincial minister.
At all events, I have noted that the hon. parliamentary secretary has attacked a provincial minister who is party to an agreement for setting up a general agricultural policy that would be viable and profitable to the industry; it is an attack that does no credit to the hon. parliamentary secretary.
In fact, what does that report call for? And I shall ask my hon. friends opposite from the province of Quebec whether they are in disagreement with the report submitted by Mr. Toupin to his Quebec cabinet colleagues. Here are the main general goals:
1) Integration of the agricultural sector in the general economy;
2) Effort to bring farm incomes into line with those of employees in other sectors of the economy;
3) Regionalization and diversification of resources;
4) Mobility and redistribution of resources;
5) Increase in Quebec's self-sufficiency on the agricultural plane;
6) Improved management of the offers of agricultural products and more balanced sharing of markets;
7) Maintaining of a socio-economic infrastructure in rural communities;
8) Increased programs for research and technological and vocational training.
This is what the Quebec Agriculture Minister, following the approach initiated by his predecessor, hon. Clement Vincent, wants to obtain for the farmers of his province. And it is amazing to see a federal representative from the province of Quebec, who happens to be Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, indulging in an outburst against the provincial Minister of Agriculture.
His predecessor the hon. member for Richelieu (Mr. Cote) would never have thought indeed of making such statements since they only add fuel to the fire and because it is a well known fact that there are differences of opinions, as well as of interests between the two levels of government and that they can only be settled through goodwill, understanding and co-operation. This is why the arrogant attitude shown by the parliamentary secretary is unbecoming to a member from the province of Quebec representing the farming people.
I beg his colleagues for the province of Quebec to behave in such a way that his words may not undermine good feelings between the two levels of government because, there again, the first people to suffer would be the farmers and such is not the purpose of our being elected. In the circumstances, the parliamentary secretary
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should be the first to promote the interests of the farmers instead of sowing the seeds of discord at those two levels of government.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: FARM CREDIT ACT