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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wodnoiday, May 31, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Federal small-farm program won't be stopped by elections OTTAWA (CP) The federal government does not inlend to let provincial elections stop its small-farm development pro- gram, Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson told the Commons ag- riculture committee Tuesday. He said the provincial govern- ments want Ottawa to hand them the money and let them control and operate the pro- gram. "We have gone a long way in trying to accommodate the point of view of the provinces hut they wanted to admin- ister the whole tiling. We would he reduced to a funding agency. That is unacceptable." Mr. Olson emphasized the right of the federal government to make laws affecting agricul- ture, and added: "If the members of Parlia- ment assume they are incompe- tent without complete en- dorsation by the provincial gov- ernments, "then we might as well pack it all up and go home." Under the program, the Farm Credit Corp., a federal agency, will provide greater assistance to farmers who want to enlarge their farms. It will also buy some farms from farmers who want to retire but cannot find a buyer immediately. Mr. Olson said it would be more economical if the federal and provincial governments could agree to administer thu program jointly. Existing fed- eral and provincial staff could be used. But the federal government was ready to go it alone, hiring whatever additional staff is nec- essary to Implement the pro-