I received a copy of this motion before I came to the house. The hon. member for Temiscouata moves, seconded by the hon. member for Chambly-Rouville (Mr. Dupuis):
That, whereas agriculture is an essential industry and whereas seeding operations are an essential part of such an industry;
Whereas, according to the telegraphic crop report published June 1, 1943, 3 p.m., by authority of the Hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce, "spring seeding operations have been delayed in almost all sections of Canada but particularly in the five eastern provinces and British Columbia. In the maritimes the weather has been cool and backward with planting operations considerably delayed. Much seeding is still to be done. ... In Prince Edward Island the season is backward. ... In Nova Scotia not more than 10 to 20 per cent of the land is at present seeded. ... In New Brunswick spring seeding operations are delayed, with probably 75 per cent now completed. ... In Quebec farm work has been delayed by the backward spring and only a small percentage of spring seeding has been completed. The late, wet spring has hampered seeding operations in all sections of Ontario except the northern areas. . . . Spring has been exceptionally late in most areas of Quebec with heavy rains delaying seeding operations. Much of the heavy low lying lands are still unworkable. ... In some districts no seeding has been attempted. . . . The late, wet spring has hampered seeding operations in all sections of Ontario except the northern district. In some sections no seeding has been attempted. . . .
Whereas the delays in seeding operations is partly due to weather conditions, it is mainly due to the shortage of experienced and physically fit agricultural man-power;
Whereas several experienced and physically fit farmers are actually in training camps of the army and of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and a number of others have been called for their military training;
Whereas, numerous applications made by farmers, farmers' sons and farm helps for leave have been turned down in too large a number by their commanding officers, and numerous requests for the postponement of the military training of the farmers, the farmers' sons and farm helps have been turned down in too large a number by the mobilization boards;
Whereas, unless those men are returned at once to the land for the seeding and other agricultural operations, the army and the civilian population as well are exposed to suffer from famine next fall, and it will be impossible for this country to supply our army overseas and our allied nations with necessary food;
This house shall be adjourned to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, the government should take immediate steps to provide for a solution of the agricultural manpower shortage.
The form of the motion is rather unusual; it is not the common practice to present an argument on a request for the adjournment of the house, but I have come to the conclusion that this is a matter the house might wish to discuss. Therefore, unless objection is taken, the hon. member has leave to proceed.