Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour):
On October 27 last, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Willow Bunch (Mr. Donnelly) asked a question which appears at page 601 of Hansard. The question was as follows:
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister or the Minister of Labour if the legislature of the province of Saskatchewan have approached the Dominion government asking for assistance in caring for the destitute farmers in the dried-out areas of Saskatchewan. If so, what arrangement has been arrived at?
I made inquiries from the officers of the Department of Labour and found that no request such as that suggested was made either by the provincial government or by any member thereof. I made further inquiries in the Department of Agriculture, and found that there was said to have been some discussion between the premier of Saskatchewan, I think, and the officers of that department with regard to the probable attitude of this government in case the farmers in those parts of Saskatchewan again suffered a complete crop failure. Nothing, however, has come formally before the Department of Labour.