April 29, 1953

LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

Order.

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Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

Well, I have just placed certain figures before the house which indicate that as far as the present production of agricultural products is concerned, the profit is not very big.

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LIB
CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

I do not want to go back, and I am not going back. Only the Liberals want to go back. As far as the C.C.F. is concerned we are prepared to go ahead.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

May I ask hon. members not to carry on a private conversation at the other end of the chamber. All remarks should be addressed to the chair.

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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

I thank you, Mr. Chairman. The only time some of these people can make a speech is when they are interrupting someone else. I would like to hear the hon. member for Rosthern make a speech of his own. I have never yet heard him make a speech of his own.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

Order. I have just asked hon. members not to interrupt; but if the hon. member for Melfort stands up immediately

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and provokes those who have been interrupting, he can expect to have further interruptions. The hon. member may continue, but he should speak about agriculture.

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LIB

William Albert Boucher

Liberal

Mr. Boucher:

On a question of privilege, Mr. Chairman, I have spoken several times in this house, as you know.

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LIB

William Albert Boucher

Liberal

Mr. Boucher:

When the hon. member says he has never heard me, he must have been away from the house a great deal.

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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

Well, I do not think it is necessary to pursue this argument further.

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LIB
LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

Order.

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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

I do say that our agricultural policy in this country during the last two years has not been one that has encouraged production.

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LIB
CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

The Minister of Agriculture placed figures on Hansard in a speech some two weeks ago, when he compared certain periods of production in this country. I believe he compared the years 1943 to 1945 with the last three years. His figures showed that while the cash returns for farm products had been greater in practically every product such as bacon, eggs, milk and things in which the farmer can increase his production, yet the actual production during the first three years was greater than it was during the last three years. Grain was the only thing in which there was greater production. Surely, we have had bumper crops in the last three years; we have had a record production of grain, but I do not think even the Minister of Agriculture or this government can take credit for it or endeavour to take credit for it.

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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

We have just been fortunate to have had three years of high production in this country. As far as the things over which the farmer has control are concerned, production of those products has decreased and not increased during the last three years.

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LIB
CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

As I said before, we have not been encouraging the farmer to go out and produce to his maximum capacity. That is what the farmers prefer to do. They prefer to produce to the maximum and not curtail their production. They are not in the same position as the manufacturer.

[The Chairman.]

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April 29, 1953