I certainly do not rise to encourage any extravagance at this time;
I know that the country cannot afford to spend too much. But I see that a great deal is being expended in agricultural salaries one way and another, and I desire again to call the attention of the Minister of Agriculture to the fact that year in and year out, on the floor of the House, I have been asking his careful attention to the study of the agricultural condition in the
northern part of the county of Wright,-
I do not mean its extreme north, because it extends almost to the North Pole. The county is very large, and it afforded me much pleasure to be present last fall at an exhibition held in Maniwaki, which is about 98 miles from Ottawa. The exhibition was a great credit to the place. It brought numerous exhibitors together and demonstrated just what could be produced in the way of agricultural products as far north as anything could grow. They have put up a building there, in the construction of which I understand the Government has aided. I marvelled at the building they were able to erect for the sum of money which it actually cost. In another portion of the county, in the town of Aylwin, there is always a splendid exhibition, but, of course, it is the most populous part of the county. At that exhibition they show stock, poultry, and field products, and it has been of immense benefit it the people living in the lower end of the county. I have found that agricultural lectures serve a great purpose, and I have particularly requested an experimental station, or rather two. There could be a station at one end of the county, and another up north. It seems a lot to ask for, but it would result in incalculable good. I do not want to increase expenditures unnecessarily, for I believe in economy; but owing to the varied conditions in that county, to its altitude in certain parts, at least two experimental stations are necessary, one in the northern, and the other in the lower part of the county. I speak now for the county of Wright; not for that part of the county which, up to 1917, was included in Wright, and which is known to-day as the county of Hull.
Topic: AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT