Miss AGNES MACPHAIL (Southeast Grey):
I doubt very much, Mr. Speaker, if
agriculture can tax itself into prosperity. Looking at the estimates we find that one of the big increases this year is an increase in interest of $30,000,000, which looks as if we could not tax ourselves into prosperity.
On general principle I am opposed to the idea of a bonus, but speaking for Ontario farmers, if the five cents a bushel bonus on wheat will keep the western wheat farmer growing wheat I think it would be worth while to the farmer of Ontario in order to keep the western farmer out of mixed farming, which is ruining the Ontario farmer. So looking at it from that point of view, not that it makes any difference because the government does what it likes, I suppose for the time being we had better support the bonus because if any more mixed farming products come upon the markets of Ontario from the west things are going to be even worse for the farmers of Ontario. I had never believed that mixed farming was the solution of western conditions. True, it would give the western farmer more to eat, since that is all he has at the moment, but it would also give him more lines on which he could lose money. Mixed farming suits Ontario, and if the prairie provinces go into mixed farming it will be very disastrous for
Farm Relief-Mr. Mullins
this province. So, speaking for my agricultural constituency, for the present I support the bonus on wheat. I do not believe in it, but it may for the time being keep the western wheat farmer running after the five cents and not encourage him to do the thing that we do not want him to do.
Subtopic: FARM RELIEF
Sub-subtopic: ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION IN FEDERAL ASSISTANCE ON BUSHEL RATHER THAN ACREAGE BASIS