I think it is evident that the price of barley will be increased. Let us suppose however that the price of that commodity does not go up and look at the matter from a different viewpoint. At present there are 100,000,000 bushels of barley in storage waiting for a market. If a feed market can be secured whereby the poultry producers and stock feeders of Canada will feed barley instead of corn surely the producers will be in a position to dispose of great quantities in storage. In western Canada money will be placed in circulation and the farmers will be in a position to make purchases, resulting in great benefit to Canada as a whole. To my mind that is a logical argument.
I would ask hon. members to place themselves in the position of the farmers in western Canada who have millions of bushels of barley in storage which they cannot sell. Their first thought is to find a market for their product and this government has taken a step which will secure a market for at least a portion of that great amount in storage. For that action I think the government is to be commended.
Something has been said concerning the palatability of barley. I do not wish to take up the time of the house in dealing further with that matter, but I wish to ask hon. members on both sides of the house who enjoy their fall shooting where they find the wild ducks? If hon. members wish to go out for a stubble shoot where do they go? Do they go to the wheat stubble; do they go to the oat stubble?-no, they go to the barley stubble. That is where they find the game, and as the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) has said, "You cannot fool a hen." Likewise, you cannot fool a duck. There they are to be found in their wild state, and they pick out barley every time upon which to feed.
Ways and Means-Customs Tariff
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF RESOLUTIONS