I was going to suggest that the hon. member for Macdonald probably had not an opportunity of bringing this before the representatives of the association, and that the hon. member for Saskatchewan, knowing that the hon. member for Macdonald had brought the matter up last year, in all probability overlooked or intentionally neglected to bring it to the attention of the delegates. I remember that this question was discussed here last year, and I "thought the idea put forward by tlie hon. member for Macdonald an excellent one. It seems to me to be a grand thing that the farmers in the North-west should be able to get information not only once a day, but at all hours of the day as to the price at which grain is selling at Fort William or Winnipeg, or at leading points, so that he will know that he is not; being taken advantage of. I am quite sure that the hon. minister can make provision for this, and I think the people of the North-west will be very much indebted to the hon. member for Macdonald for bringing this matter up.
Mr. SCOTT If my recollection is right this is not the suggestion that was made by the hon. member for Macdonald last year. I think he suggested last year that the railway companies should be compelled to 'furnish this information at every shipping point. This is a point that was not overlooked by the delegates from the Grain Growers' Association. It was discussed by them at various meetings, but was not pressed. They appeared to take the view that it was an unnecessary provision to add to the Act. I do not know what the custom, or practice, or system, may be which is prevailing in Manitoba, but in my own section of the North-west Territories the farmers themselves have taken steps to possess themselves daily of the information from Winnipeg or Fort William. As a matter of fact, the information comes from Winnipeg. They have certain arrangements made by which they are advised from time to time, sometimes more than once a day, when changes take place in the price. These delegates did not appear to wish that such a provision should be added to the Bill.
Section allowed to stand.
The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved the adjournment of the House.
I understand that the report of the Committee on Privileges and Elections is set down for to-morrow. For the government business, we shall have the resolutions and Bills which stand in the name of the Minister of Justice, and it may be that we shall be able to take the lead resolution.