I am glad to give hon. gentlemen opposite, and especially the hon. member for Halton (Mr. Henderson), an old friend whom I have seen in this House for many years, all the credit possible. But I would give him even more credit if he had not said so much about being the friend of the farmer. The hon. gentleman doth protest too much, methinks, I believe the farmer will realize that fact. We are not going to discuss the question as to who are the friends of the farmers ; the records of parliament and the records of legislation will prove that better than any protestations the hon. gentleman can make or I can make. But I am glad the hon. gentlemen opposite endorse the Bill which I have the honour to present to the House, and of helping through so far as it has gone. The principle of the Bill after all is the chief thing, and if we can get an unanimous endorsation of the principle of the Bill, I have no doubt the details can be threshed out and made workable by the combined common sense of the
members of this House. The Bill to day, while not so drastic as it was, is probably more to the taste of the people than when it was first introduced, and is more likely to be successful when passed. X trust that when this Bill becomes law and has been in force for a few years, the condition of affairs will be such that we will be able to pass a still more drastic measure, giving greater protection to the purchaser of seeds and greater protection to those who are engaged in the trade. I would be glad to be able to do that in the years to come as Minister of Agriculture.