It seems to me that before we discuss these estimates in detail we ought to have some explanation as to the general policy that is behind the reduction. It will be observed that there is a total reduction in the estimates for agriculture of $3,297,471.74. It may very well be that in some departments of the government economy can be very properly practised. But in view of the importance of agriculture in the economic life of Canada,-which is recognized by every member of this house; for over and over again we have heard it stated that the farmers are the backbone of the country and that unless agriculture prospers there can be no prosperity in Canada-and that in this country we can only hope for a restoration of favourable economic conditions by the rehabilitation of agriculture, it does seem to me that it is false economy to make such drastic cuts in the agriculture estimates.
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE