Mr. Johnston (Bow River):
Before clause 17 carries, I wish to say a word. This clause makes it clear that the old Agricultural Prices Support Act is to be repealed, and therefore there would be nothing to take the place of that act until after this bill has been passed. Of course, it is going to be passed anyway, and the old act will be repealed.
Throughout this whole debate we have advocated a certain thing we thought should be put into the bill. We were insistent that a cost-price relationship should be established. There has been some effort in this bill to incorporate that, and although the bill does not go as far as we want to go, with the amendments that have been brought in by the government-I must say at the insistence of the opposition-I think there has been a little bit of improvement. As I say, we have opposed the measure and tried to improve it as much as we could. I think, as a result of the effective opposition from the Social Credit and C.C.F. parties there has been some improvement in it. For these reasons we will support the bill.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.