Edward George MCCULLOUGH

MCCULLOUGH, Edward George

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
May 28, 1909
Deceased Date
June 17, 1994
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_McCullough
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f2d24403-7a54-4b38-9e62-0118d999a2e6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 249)


January 25, 1958

Mr. McCullough:

I had hoped the minister would not have risen so quickly to his feet to say he would not be inclined to accept this amendment. I want to support the amendment moved by the hon. member for Mackenzie and to say I think it is a reasonable one. I believe the amendment would assist the minister in having an advisory committee which would have some knowledge of the things which are of importance to recommend to the board. If the minister really desires a committee of representative farmers and farm organizations to give useful information to the board for the setting of support prices, I suggest that by leaving the wording of section 2 of clause 5 as it is in the bill he is defeating his own purpose. The committee will have no terms of reference except on those matters which are referred by the minister. The minister is placing the committee in a very difficult position and making it difficult for them to give the assistance which is needed. I hope therefore, Mr. Chairman, the minister will reconsider 96698

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Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization his statement. I do not think he was too adamant. I hope he will be prepared to get one of his colleagues to move this amendment because I think it is a fair and reasonable one.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. McCullough:

I am afraid I must disagree with what the Minister of Agriculture has just said on this point, namely that if support prices are placed on the top grades of the various farm commodities you then have some real assurance that the other grades will remain somewhere in line so far as price is concerned. I must take exception to that, because I have recently received quite a number of letters from people in my constituency who say just the opposite.

I refer particularly to the grading of eggs. Those of us who have been interested in this matter over the years on behalf of the farmers have found that when you have a support price for grade A large eggs of 38 cents, that support price is not carried through to the other grades. The argument made to me by farmers who deliver eggs is that if a reasonable number of the top grades of eggs and other farm products were supported in a relative way, then we would get away from some of our farm products being undergraded and therefore underpriced.

I think I can say with a good deal of assurance, so far as cattle going to the stockyards are concerned, that if there was a support price under good steers, if the minister wanted to take the second grade, then I am sure he would find that a large number of the steers would at times be graded either as stockers or as feeders. Therefore I think the point raised by the hon. member who just spoke is a good one, and I would ask the minister to give consideration to it; because the farmers have not been satisfied with just having a support price under the top grade.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. McCullough:

I do not think the minister has given the committee the information I wanted, Mr. Chairman. He has stated that we would get this information from figures which are available. I think it is extremely difficult to get any authoritative figures with regard to an average cost of production. I should like the minister, if he can, to be more specific and say whose authority and whose figures the governor in council would accept in having regard to, or being guided by, in determining the

estimated average cost of production and setting these base support prices.

I think this is extremely important. Costs of production will vary all over the country. What type of farming will be used as a point of reference? Will it be the big corporation farm? Will it be the family farm, or will it be the smaller unit? At the present time our smaller farmers are going out of business in tens of thousands, and that is no exaggeration. Thousands of people are leaving the farms, and I should like to have some specific information from the government as to the means by which figures relating to the average cost of production are to be secured.

We in this group have said we think it is possible to get such figures. We think it is quite possible to find what is the cost of production, and from that to determine what is parity. I do not think the minister has given us any information. Is this to be done off the cuff? Is he going to proceed on the basis of some statistics compiled by the dominion bureau and by the universities, cr is the government itself going to determine these prices?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. McCullough:

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.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. McCullough:

I have been attempting to do that. I shall try to conform strictly with what you have said. We are, of course, discussing clause 2 of the bill and the whole principle of the bill is involved in that

Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization clause. I think I have made my point quite clear. In moving this amendment the hon. member for Kindersley is just trying to get the government to accept an amendment which will give us some assurance and some definition of what will be the average cost of production. I think I have made my point and I hope that the government will see fit to accept the amendment.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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