Mr. J. H. STITT (Selkirk):
last evening in the course of my remarks in this debate I paid some attention to the criticisms which were made by the official critic of the opposition, the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth (Mr. Ralston). I desire now to direct the attention of the house and of all western grain growers particularly to a few words which that hon. gentleman spoke, and which will be found at page 2116 of Hansard. Among other things he said:
We find that in the fall of 1934 the prices of Canadian wheat in the British market- were something like 22 cents above Argentina and something like 14 cents above Australia. What has been the result? In the first place the dominion as it wanted to do, shared with the western wheat producer in the responsibility for marketing the 1930 crop, and nobody finds any fault with that action; both parties joined in approval of it.
A little further on he says:
What is the criticism? What do I mean by that? I mean that the government through Mr. John I. McFarland, who is its agent, becomes in effect the potential holder of
200,000,000 or 225.000,000 or 250,000,000 bushels of wheat that should be off the market in order to enable the western producer to dispose of his 1935 crop.
Here we have it in the words of the official critic of the opposition that the price of our wheat in the British market is 22 cents above the Argentina price and something like 14 cents above tihe Australian price. Was that to the advantage of the western producer? Was that something done in the interests of the grain grower? Wlnat is the hon. gentleman's solution? He says that this wheat ought to be off the market. In other words, his policy would have been to dispose of the wheat. What t-hen would have happened to the western producer?
I think, Mr. Speaker, that this party and its supporters ought to proclaim throughout western Canada every such word of criticism against the activities of this government in upholding the price of wheat for the producer.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE