April 8, 1941

CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, at this stage I wish to move an amendment-

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I have the floor on this motion.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

No, the minister has not the floor. This is a new motion.

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NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

Let us have a little fair play.

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CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

I have risen to move an amendment based on the condition of agriculture. I think it will be agreed by all hon. members that in time of war the morale of this nation cannot be as it should be if agriculture is pauperized. Agriculture taken as a whole in Canada is in a lamentable condition, and it is an anomalous condition of affairs that Canada, a great producer of food, should, in a world which sooner or later will require foodstuffs, try to find means to bring about a reduction in the production of wheat.

I move therefore, seconded by the hon. member for Peel:

That all the words after "that" in the motion be struck out, and that the following be substituted therefor:

it be resolved that the government should take immediate steps to create a parity of prices as between agricultural and other products in order to improve the condition of Canadian agriculture and in order that it may receive a just and fair return, and thus be enabled to make that contribution to Canada's war effort which is so desirable, and which our agricultural population so greatly desire to make.

On motion of Mr. Diefenbaker the debate was adjourned.

The War-The Balkans

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE


Mr. CRERAR moved the adjournment of the house.


CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

Are we to understand that we cannot now discuss the resolution which was before the committee of supply until the motion of the hon. member for Lake Centre is disposed of?

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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I will say to my hon. friend that it was our intention at this point to move the adjournment of the house, and not to sit to-night. This matter can be taken up again at some future time, when the house reassembles. We have had a pretty lengthy discussion; the committee has been patient, and I am sure that most of the members will welcome as I do adjourning at six o'clock.

I trust that when we reassemble on the 28th of this month we shall all come back refreshed and reinvigorated for the work that lies ahead.

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

Do I understand that

we are now adjourning until the 28th of April?

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

That is a violation of

the understanding reached between us the other evening. It was agreed that the regulations would be discussed, and that if we agreed to forego a meeting of the house on Wednesday we would adjourn at eleven o'clock to-night. This is the first I have heard of any different arrangement, and I think the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) is right, that before we go back to the west we should know what the regulations mean.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

May I say this, to carry out an undertaking I gave to members from the west in the far corner of the house and in other parts. It was impossible for us to carry out the undertaking in connection with sitting to-night on account of the misunderstanding that apparently arose over the arrangement of yesterday, and the official opposition being desirous of going back to a discussion of the want of confidence motion to-day, which took us out of the other discussion. I am prepared to-night to meet in any room that may be named, any or all of the members from the west or from the east to discuss the regulations and go into them fully. I suppose the railway committee room will be available, and there or in any other room that is convenient I shall be glad to go into details of the regulations and to answer any questions that hon. members may wish to ask about them.

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Motion agreed to, on division, and the house adjourned at 6.05 p.m. until Monday, April 28. Monday, April 28, 1941.


April 8, 1941