On the orders of the day:
Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Battleford): I have a question to direct to
the Minister of Finance. It arises out of a communication from Mrs. S. Ferguson, secretary of the rural municipality of Great Bend, No. 405, Saskatchewan. In the letter there is this resolution endorsed by the council of that municipality:
That we recommend to the proper authorities that a capable lawyer be appointed by the government to represent farmers in cases of applications for debt adjustment brought before the provincial board of review.
My question is as follows: In view of the fact that loan companies and other corporations in every debt arrangement case passed on to the provincial board of review will be represented by able legal counsel, will the minister, to avoid placing farmers in a position of disadvantage and discrimination, consider the advisability of providing them with competent counsel before the board?