Mr. JOSEPH NEEDHAM (The Battle-fords) :
Mr. Speaker, as a member of the standing committee and having attended, I think, every meeting, I am amazed at the turn which this discussion has taken. We were not able to finish our inquiry into the price of implements and make a complete report to the house, and it is likely that
another price list will be given out by the implement manufacturers before the inquiry is completed. That is the sad part of it. We have heard a great deal about Saskatchewan and the west, and the condition in which they are placed because of these things. In the district I represent I do not think five per cent of the farmers have a full equipment of efficient machinery. That has been the condition during the last four or five years. The situation was so serious that they did not know what to do regarding further investments, with the prospects that lay before them.
I was amazed to read a little while ago that the prairie provinces from 1900 up to the present time produced 112,500,000,000 of new wealth; that is equal to $1,000,000 per day. And yet we find these people in the situation they are in to-day. We must remember that if western Canada suffers, the rest of the dominion will suffer with it. Our interests are theirs, and on behalf of this group I wish to express our concurrence in this report.
Motion (Mr. Weir) agreed to.
At one o'clock the house took recess.
The house resumed at three o'clock.
Subtopic: AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT PRICES-RECOMMENDATION THAT INQUIRY BE CONTINUED NEXT SESSION BY SPECIAL COMMITTEE