June 1, 1951 (21st Parliament, 4th Session)


James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)


Mr. Gardiner:

Of course there are items similar to this one, and they have been covered in all of the votes that we have passed. I assume the total will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of the figure that has been mentioned. I have no reason for saying that is not the correct figure. It will be a considerable amount, and that is natural, as the hon. member has already suggested, in the Department of Agriculture. We have between 700,000 and 800,000 farmers in Canada, and it is our duty to distribute the knowledge we obtain through our experimental farms and otherwise which is going to be helpful to as many of those farmers as are interested. Therefore our printing bill will be considerably higher than that of most other departments. The hon. member has said it is higher than any other department except national defence. That is probably correct, and these are very good reasons why it is correct. There is the matter of distribution to farmers throughout a country as large as ours, and the fact that they are all intimately concerned with what is going on at our experimental farms and elsewhere

makes it necessary for our publications to be in very considerable number and to be put out in considerable quantity.

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