That being so, I desire to
concur in what has been said by the speakers who have just preceded me with regard to the farmer. In this connection may I thank the minister for his promise to take the matter into consideration next year, also the hon. member for Brandon (Mr. Forke) for his promise to give consideration to the case of the fishermen of 'the Maritime provinces. What I object to, and what our people also object to, is that when it comes to doing something for the Maritime provinces we are told "We will ibe glad to do it to-morrow or next year." But when it is a case of doing something for other parts of the country we are told "We insist on its being done now." I think that attitude will meet with very considerable criticism, particularly on the part of the people of the Maritime provinces.
I noticed another statement which struck me as rather peculiar. It was that no mention of the rights of the fishermen had been made in this House in the last four years. I thought that was an amazing statement in view of the fact that we had a solid delegation in this House representing the province of Nova Scotia at least. We sometimes hear the statement that the fishermen are prosperous and that the industry has been greatly extended as a result of wider markets. Let me point out that in 1919 the province of Nova Scotia produced $15,171,929 worth of fish. In 1922, the first year that this government had an opportunity to develop wider markets, the production dropped to $10,209,2.58, In 1923 there was a further drop of $1,800,000 down to $8,448,385. In 1924 the drop still continued to $8,277,000, and in 1925 the production was still going down. And yet we heard statements in this House during the budget debate that the fishing industry of Nova Scotia had been flourishing under the
policy of the government for the last four years. But we have the concrete fact before us that in five years the fishing industry has declined to the extent of $7,000,000. Nevertheless when there is an opportunity to do something to increase the fish production of Nova Scotia, as well as that of the other Maritime provinces, we are told by the leader of the Progressive party: "Oh, come back
next year and we will give you something." The minister also says, "Make your suggestions and demands during the next year and we will consider them. This legislation is for the farmer alone, and only those farmers in the provinces where they desire to avail themselves of it." I submit that when we are considering this legislation, even if it takes another twenty-four hours to frame an effective amendment, we should take such action as will ensure that the various other industries in the country shall also benefit by the impetus we desire to give the farming industry.
Topic: LONG TERM FARM LOANS