Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, as I said, there is no question that there is a need. But we are not going to solve the problem, and I think it came out this morning in committee, simply by throwing money at it. Some of the witnesses made that almost as a direct observation.
I say again, we want to continue to work with people. I would suggest that he encourage the government of Saskatchewan, his province, to work with the federal government to see if we can develop better financial assistance for farmers, better over-all security programs for income.
I do not think it is useful in Saskatchewan simply to stand up as a provincial government and say that the GRIP program is flawed and withdraw from it without coming forward with some ideas on how we can make it better.
We are going to try very hard to work with the Government of Saskatchewan. In the meantime, we
should take some hints from what was said this morning at committee and realize that we have to work together and that there is a limit to the amount of money with which we have to work.
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