On Jan. 15, 1959, Governor General Vincent Massey’s throne speech set the stage for Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s government during the second session of Canada’s 24th Parliament.
The government committed to helping farmers who needed protections for their crops.
“A measure will be laid before you to institute a system of crop insurance in cooperation with such provinces as so desire,” Massey said.
Politicians would also be asked to review farm credit legislation to make it easier for producers to receive assistance.
In addition, politicians would be tasked with reviewing the Veterans’ Land Act to help veterans take advantage of modern ag practices.