On the Orders of the Day:
' Mr. FORKE: Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) the following question: I notice an in-
terview in Saturday's Manitoba Free Press given by W. H. Forster of England, who came to Canada from England to purchase cattle. He intended purchasing about 2,000 head; he found when he came that all available space for ocean shipments had been contracted for.
It had been broadcast in England that Canada would have for sale this spring about twenty-five or thirty thousand head of cattle suitable for the British trade, and that the ocean freight would be about S15 per head. Now when a purchaser comes here, he finds all, or nearly all, space contracted for, and the ocean rate is $22.50 or $25 per head.
In view of the fact that the department has been urging farmers during the winter to have cattle ready for the market, had the department any knowledge that a condition such as exists might occur?