February 13, 1928 (16th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)


Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

The national council will supervise the work in order to effect co-ordination and prevent overlapping. Take the province of Manitoba, for instance, where investigation is going on now in connection with wheat rust. I merely cite the work there as an example of what can be done in that direction. It is very important to the province of Manitoba, and quite logical, that the work should be given to the province to undertake in order that it may solve the problem if that be at all possible. Not, may I say, that that fact detracts for a single moment from the general interests that we have in the subject.
That is all I have to say, Mr. Speaker, in the matter, except to add this: I welcome the speeches of all the hon- members who have expressed their views on this question- I listened with very great interest to an address by Professor McLennan in the Chateau Laurier, but unfortunately he was speaking almost entirely to technical men and I said to him then: It is not very much use talking to men who are thoroughly informed. What we want to do is to go out into the country and get the public to understand the necessity of thorough scientific research. I suggested to Professor McLennan at that time that if his lecture were delivered to an audience of business men it would have very much more effect than if delivered to technical men. I think the members of the house can spread this gospel very acceptably. If they will do that throughout the length and breadth of the country and stimulate the public interest it will strengthen public opinion in favour of granting the necessary money and the necessary encouragement, and will have the effect of promoting the development of this work in connection with our universities.

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