I may say, on behalf of the Government, that we have but one desire and that is to restore confidence in the administration of the grain trade of Canada -we admit there is want of confidence-and also to ensure that the wheat of Canada will maintain its splendid reputation. It is unfortunately too true that in recent times the reputation of our grain has suffered somewhat. I want to tell my hon. friends from the West that no later than to-day, I met the correspondent of a western newspaper, and the western grain grower has no better friend1 than the correspondent in question, who has recently returned from
the British Isles. He informed me that there is a suspicion over there that our grain is not exactly what it should be, more particularly the grain going out from ports other than Canadian. The trade of the country can help us along these lines. If we wish to ensure that our grain shall go out maintaining its splendid reputation is it not reasonable that we should use our own ports, thus giving the earnings to our own transportation companies? In that way we shall help to maintain1 the reputation of our own products. I am not desirous of delaying the passage of my own estimates, but I just wished to give this assurance to my hon. friend that if we have an investigation-and both opposition parties seem to be desirous that there should he an inquiry-we will grant the fullest and plainest investigation in order that absolute confidence in the administration of the grain trade may exist on the part of all those engaged in this industry.
Subtopic: TRADE AND COMMERCE