This Dodge 1-1/2-ton was on sale for $2,495 in our March 28, 1957 issue. According to the Bank of Canada inflation calculator, that would be $21,720 in 2016 dollars.
If you were perusing the classifieds, you could find “Four, 10-month-old Hereford heifers, some polled, $90. Five young cows, to calve soon, $175.” If you were in the market for machinery, there was a “six-foot John Deere one-way, on rubber, wheel weights, Fieldmaster blades. Price $125, or cow coming in.”
We reported that for the seventh time, a resolution in the Manitoba legislature to lift the ban on coloured margarine had been defeated. However, a resolution was passed that the province should examine the possibility of a Prairie-wide crop insurance program in conjunction with Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Premier Douglas Campbell turned down a proposal to have a Hansard record published of legislature proceedings, on the grounds that it would lead to reading speeches, which was against legislature rules.
Also in the legislature, a standing committee on agriculture heard concern over the quality of Manitoba beef cattle, with the province showing the lowest percentage in 1956 of choice and good steers among all the western provinces and Ontario. The committee also heard from a Melita-area farmer who proposed irrigation of 200,000 acres in southern Manitoba, in connection with the Garrison Diversion project in North Dakota.