Even so, it is not a permanent solution. So far as our potatoes are concerned, I believe we should have some legislation that would bring about a permanent solution. In the west there is the wheat
board, and that seems to function fairly smoothly. I believe we should have something of that nature. I wish the minister would look into this matter once again because I feel that this act is not going to bring us much relief. It is impossible to get all the provinces, even all the maritime provinces, to agree on minimum prices. If we cannot agree on minimum prices, of what use is the legislation? Let us assume that these three provinces do agree on minimum prices for export and interprovincial trade. Then, suppose we have a bumper crop, what are we going to do? The pressure would be applied to the various governments to have slightly lower prices to enable one province to compete with the other in the foreign market and in interprovincial trade. We will return to this cutthroat competition. I submit that we should have federal legislation with minimum prices and proper machinery for orderly marketing. In my speech of March 10 I outlined the broad principles of what I considered orderly marketing to be.
I believe it could be easily handled if, as we are assuming, the federal government had jurisdiction over interprovincial trade. This fact seems to be taken for granted, but if it is not so the provinces would be only too glad to pass enabling legislation for this interprovincial trade.
In so far as export trade is concerned, the federal jurisdiction is unquestionable. We should have some means of setting prices which could not be disturbed by any one province. I was going to ask the minister about the Agricultural Prices Support Act. He tells me it is going to be renewed.
Topic: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR MARKETING IN INTERPROVINCIAL AND EXPORT TRADE