I am speaking from both, and
I doubt if the hon. member who asked that question speaks from either. As I said, the statistics I have been quoting are from an official publication put out by the Department of Agriculture, and for my part I would not question their accuracy. While there are certain variations up and down from 1942 to 1949, these figures certainly prove that the farm net income in constant dollars has been going down. On Wednesday, May 16, I asked the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) this question:
In view of rising costs of production and an increasing world price level, has the government made any attempt to have reviewed the present ceiling price under the international wheat agreement?
The Minister of Trade and Commerce replied:
The international wheat agreement is an agreement among some forty governments. It is now in its second year of operation, and the only action Canada could take to vary its terms would be to denounce it. Canada has no intention of denouncing it, nor has it any desire to do so.
That was not an answer at all to the question I posed to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I did not suggest in that question, I do not suggest now, and I never will suggest that the Canadian government should in any way denounce the international wheat agreement. All I was asking the government was whether or not they had considered the suggestion made in the presentation to the cabinet by the farmers union of Alberta, the British Columbia bloc, the Saskatchewan farmers union and the Manitoba farmers union that the government do what it could to have the international wheat agreemen* reviewed in order that the farmers might be given some compensation because of the rapidly increasing cost of production since that agreement was signed. This idea did not
originate with me. I do not know whether it originated with the farmers unions; but I do know that Mr. Danielson-