April 30, 1917

LIB
CON

George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

The Alberta Co-operative 'Elevator Company and the Grain Growers Company amalgamated with the Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Company and with the United Farmers.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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LIB
CON

George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

I presume that would

be so, but a delegate would be chosen at a meeting of shareholders.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

A shareholder acting as a delegate will vote for a certain number of shareholders besides himself. Really he will have a proxy for the society he represents.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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CON

George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

That question was asked and the understanding is that a delegate would only have one vote.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

He will, not have a written proxy but he will represent a certain number of shareholders.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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CON
LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

But every delegate having one vote will represent a number of others who would vote if there were proxies.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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CON

George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

Perhaps. I think this will appeal to some hon. gentlemen who know how proxies work out at political conventions. It is really on the same principle. The proxies might come in the pocket of one man and the Grain Growers are trying to protect themselves against that sort of thing. However, I accept the suggestion of my hon. friend the Minister of Finance.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

I think I should point out the principal reason why the Grain Growers Grain Company are asking for

this change in their form of Government in order to do away with proxy voting. There are over 18,000 shareholders. Each of these shareholders has a vote; that is a man with one share has the same voting power as a man with ten shares. There have not yet been at any of their annual or other meetings, I understand, over 300 shareholders out of 18,000. On one occasion a man came in with some 400 proxies. It would be the easiest matter in the world for three or four men to spend a little time or a little money, in writing for proxies, come to the annual meeting, vote the president and directors out of business, change the whole system and set aside the wishes of the great majority of shareholders. This has been found to work well in actual practice with the Saskatchewan Cooperative Elevator Company, another huge company, not connected with the Grain Growers Grain Company, but a company that handles between 10,000,000 and 20,000,000 bushels of wheat a year. They have some 230 elevators throughout Saskatchewan and applications are in for some 300 more. They adopt the same system in their government. The Alberta Co-operative Elevator Company also adopt the same principle, and it has been found to work very well. This request comes from the Grain Growers Grain Company, and it is based on a resolution passed unanimously by their directors. Personally, I think it is in the interest of the individual shareholders that this change in the government should be made, when you consider the fact that under the amalgamation their shareholders will extend from here to Banff. . While I think it is right, I am quite agreeable to the suggestion made by the hon. Minister of Finance that the matter should stand over until another day in case there is any real objection. At the present time I do not know of any real objection to it.

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Is the wording the same as in the provincial statutes, which enable them to appoint delegates for these two Alberta and Saskatchewan companies?

Topic:   UNITED GRAIN GROWERS.
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LIB

SECOND READINGS.


Bill No. 40, to incorporate La Society des Artisans Canadiens Frangais.-Mr. Achim. Bill No. 41, respecting The Grand Trunk Pacific Branch Lines Company.-Mr. Currie.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


THE RACING FORM.

LIB

Mr. McKENZIE:

Liberal

1. Is the Minister of Justice aware as to whether or not the Post Office Department excluded from the mails The Racing Form, published in the United States?

2. Is the Government aware as to whether or not the said publication is finding its way into Canada through the agency of the express companies?

3. Is it the intention of the Minister of Justice to take Such steps as may be necessary to prevent the coming into Canada of the said publication through the agency of the Express Companies ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE RACING FORM.
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CON

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

The Minister of

Justice has no information upon the subject of these questions except that upon inquiry of the Deputy Postmaster General he is informed that the attention of the Post Office Department was called to the fact that the Daily Racing Form was publishing racing tips, so-called stable information, and practicing other incitements to betting, and an order prohibiting the paper was therefore issued by the Post Office Department on 25th February, 1916. Subsequently, however, the publishers of the Daily Racing Form wrote to say that the issues which had been specially objected to as containing Tacing tips had been sent by mistake to Canadian subscribers; that the Canadian edition was not intended to contain advertisements of sellers of tips, and that it was the intention of the publishers to conform scrupulously to the terms of the Miller Bill as regards this Canadian edition. In view of this assurance the order prohibiting the paper was withdrawn. So far as known to the Post Office Department the promise has been faithfully lived up to, and there would now appear to be no reason under the post office regulations why this paper should be excluded from the Canadian mails. In view of the above information, the minister does not feel called upon to take any steps against this paper at present.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE RACING FORM.
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April 30, 1917