I would like to say that I believe the cat is right out of the bag now. Yesterday the Prime Minister said that he joined the Minister of Agriculture in what he had said that afternoon that in a desire to achieve for the farmer a fair share of the national income they wanted at the same time to assure that if a major crash should take place there would be at least an emergency bottom beyond which prices would not fall in this country.
If there is any validity in what the Minister of Finance has now stated and if the governor in council is going to be guided by the average cost of production and we are going to have prices fixed which are going to be less than his cost of production, surely we now have three people admitting-firstly the Minister of Agriculture, in stating that this might very well increase the costs under the bill; secondly the Minister of Finance, rising on a point of order and saying it might be the same thing and now the decision of
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Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization the chair,-that this will have no such effect. I can only say this is a bleak bill, that it is empty and that it is a bankruptcy bill tor the farmer.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.