But hard on the people.
Now this is a fact. I went to the agricultural development board, after they had dismissed Mr. Roadhouse, and I was in communication with Mr. Fairbairn and Mr. Page, and they informed me that there were no new loans. The president of the United Farmers' organization in Ontario, Mr. Robert J. Scott, together with the hon. member for Dufferin-iSimcoe and myself, lamented the fact that since last June the Hepburn administration has been very cruel to the farmers of Ontario. In our opinion they were striving to make it so severe that the farmers should lose the old homestead-they would make it hard for the farmers of Ontario so that it would have its effect on the next dominion election, because it can be nothing else than that. We have positive proof. Mr. Nixon, replying to Mr. Scott, is reported to have said that he was not listening much to Mr. Scott, the president of the United Farmers of Ontario organization, because he voted for George Spotton at the last election, and Mr. Scott replied that he had not voted for me. Sometimes I get discontented with my own party; but when I think
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of the puerile, the infantile and the senile remarks of the opposition, I think I am better off staying where I am. When Mr. Nixon said that the president of the United Farmers' organization of Ontario had voted for me, that gentleman, as I say, replied that he had not. But I care not whether he did vote for me or not; if he did not many others did. The fact of the matter is however that Mr. Nixon said that scores of new loans were being granted daily in Ontario, whereas I make bold to say that this was not the case; and that will be laid upon the records in Queens park in the very near future. Some members of this house get up and tell how many loans there were. Well, if there were any, they were granted, believe me, in their constituencies during a byelection.
Many Liberal farmers have come to me and told me their farms had not been inspected. They were kidded along until the snow was on the ground. My hon. friend from West Middlesex knows this; he is fair and he will agree with me when I say that they kidded the farmers along while that beautiful white blanket covered the farms, telling them that they could not inspect the farms until the spring, and then they hoped to pass the buck to the federal parliament. But these little wise-cracking, peanut, potato politicians in Queens park, Toronto, will not, so long as I am in the flesh, kid or fool the farmers of Ontario. We have just recently seen Mr. Marshall come out with a change of heart.
Topic: CANADIAN FARM LOAN ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO FACILITATE AND INCREASE THE EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO FARMERS