The minister apparently
has made up his mind to the establishment of these exchanges. In my judgment, sections 3 and 4, if they have any meaning at all, mean the establishment of a close corporation of commission buyers at each of these stock yards. That is wrong in principle and detrimental in practice, just as in the case of the Grain Exchange at Winnipeg. It will be accentuated in the case of live stock exchanges, and the smaller the exchange the greater the evil of this creation of close corporations. The minister says that it will relieve the Government of some measure of detail in looking after the business of the stock yard. That is true, but it will do so to the very great advantage of the men who are doing the relieving. They are not/ philanthropists, and if they are going to exert themselves along those lines, they are going to do it for their own benefit, and that benefit must come out of the pockets of the producers. If sections 3 and 4 were struck out, the rest of the Bill would stand perfectly complete with the operations of the stock yards and the transactions of the commission
men directly under the control of the Government, and that is exactly where they ought to be. That being the case, I consider that sections 3 and 4 are not only superfluous, hut detrimental. While the minister, I suppose, has made up his mind on this subject, I wish to make my most emphatic protest against those sections establishing live stock exchanges at those stock yards, as they will be close corporations, the purpose of which, in the nature of things, will be to work in the interest of those who comprise them and against the interest of the producers.