Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):
I should like to make one or two comments in the same connection. I feel it is rather important, when we come to the point of repealing an act which has been in force for 13 years and
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Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization replacing it by another bill, that we be absolutely certain in our own minds that the bill we are introducing as a replacement will meet the requirements and needs of the Canadian people. Many of us have an appreciation of the old Agricultural Prices Support Act during the years of the Liberal administration, and we became very distrustful of phrases appearing in acts which sound very hopeful or which, in the words of the Prime Minister, give promise of a hope.
We have taken a challenging stand on this legislation in the hope that we could improve it so it would be the best possible bill to present to the Canadian people. We discussed the measure at the resolution stage, and as has been pointed out nine amendments were introduced. I think the other amendments which were introduced at this stage would have made the bill an even better bill. I think it is of importance that, once this bill has been proclaimed, consideration should be given to the recommendations made by members in this chamber, and that every factor of the farmers' cost of production be taken into consideration. That is the best the bill will do. We wanted to have some factors written into it which would be of a more binding nature than those in the old Agricultural Prices Support Act and which would, in fact, guarantee the farmer a fair share of the national income, thus meeting his cost of production. We hoped that something like that would be written into the bill. I feel that we can hope for the best.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.