I agree with the former two speakers that this matter should be in order to be discussed at this time. I think that when the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Harkness) states that the Speaker made a ruling he should be required to read from Hansard where that ruling was made. I was in the house when that matter was brought up. It was at the end of the day, and as I heard it no ruling was made. If there had been an indication a ruling was to be made I would have wanted to have the opportunity to speak on that question because I am firmly convinced that hon. members are within their rights in discussing this question.
The Agricultural Prices Support Act, as it stands today, contains a provision covering oats and barley. This bill proposes to take that right away from the raisers of oats and barley. If this bill proposes to take something away from the farmers which they have a right to expect today, then surely we should be allowed to discuss whether or not that right should be taken away. The position with regard to wheat is similar. This bill definitely states that wheat grown in eastern Canada outside of the designated area can be covered, but wheat grown within the designated area cannot be covered. Surely we have a right then to argue that wheat grown within the designated area should be covered by the bill. I believe, therefore, the hon. member for Rosthern (Mr. Tucker) is within his rights.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.