An hon. Member:
You have not any.
You have not any.
There was the greatest loss of resolutions. Somewhere between the brass and the grass the resolutions got lost. I will have to put my glasses on in order to see this fine print.
Scores of policy resolutions presented from the floor of the national Liberal convention this week vanished without trace.
Do you think it was the grass that took them away? I ask you, Mr. Speaker.
Proposals sponsored by provincial delegates or other groups were shunted to the 150-member resolutions committee for consideration.
They were lost, Mr. Speaker, because of the fact that the same group who have not realized yet that they were defeated on June 10 are still directing affairs.
My hon. friend says, "Look at the agricultural resolutions". I read them with interest, for almost every one of them-I can almost say every one of them-was voted against by the persons who today say they are good for the country. When they had the power, what did they do about a system of support prices except the sham and the caricature that was on the statute books? What did they do?
Brought them in.
What did they do to assure the farmers a fair share of the national income? Whenever we moved a resolution to that effect they voted against it.
What did you do on the C.C.F. resolution? You ducked to cover.
What did they do to encourage the production of marketable farm products? Listen to this:
Making available to grain producers not covered by the wheat board act a program of cash advances.
Before June last they said it could not be done. They said we would not be able to put cash advances on the statute books. They said cash advances were no good, they were no better than their loan plan. This afternoon my hon. friend used the expression, "Merely a loan, after all, without interest". They said it could not be done. They grudgingly supported it in the house. Now they come back, Mr. Speaker. Repentance is always worth while, even though it is in the face of impending disaster. I read on:
Assistance in setting up plans of accident compensation to the farmer.
What did they do in that regard in 22 years? They said it could not be done. I read on:
A policy of soil and water conservation.
Whenever a motion to that effect was made in the house they opposed it. I continue:
Extension of the principles of the P.F.R.A. to the whole of Canada.
Whenever that question was raised the answer given was that it was inappropriate. I go on.
Tell us about the South Saskatchewan dam while you are on that subject.
Here is another good one:
Provision for accelerated depreciation on buildings constructed on farms for the storage of farm products.
Whenever we brought that matter before the house the party then in power, now sitting in opposition today, voted against it.
Why didn't you do it in the
last seven months?
Establishment of a joint federal-provincial agricultural advisory board which would investigate farm problems and recommend public policies.
They were 22 years in power but they never learned about it, Mr. Speaker, until the grass was permitted to look at the brass at the convention. This is just one of the examples, and I have taken it because it was referred to by my hon. friend. It is an example of a policy created because of their position of fear, realizing that they have not done the things that they ought to have done. They think the people of Canada will forget that these things that they now advocate on every opportunity that came to them they
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voted against. Then, they say that relations with provincial governments have deteriorated. How did they deteriorate? They said one time that the provincial governments would get less if this party came into power. I said no.
They are getting nothing.
Words, words, words.
What is Nova Scotia getting?
My hon. friends say they are getting nothing.
That is true.
Well, let him say that in the maritime provinces.
They have not got anything yet.
We are giving every consideration to this matter, not to reduce amounts but to assure a reasonable opportunity for the provinces to carry into effect those policies which we have advocated, those things that come peculiarly within provincial and municipal jurisdiction, and our intention is do that thing at the earliest opportunity.
When is that?
"That the budget is no longer in balance"-that statement is simply a statement unsupported by facts-