June 20, 1925


On section. 39-Commercial grades established.


PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. OOOTE:

With regard to the concluding sentence of this section, "and such special grades shall continue to be the commercial grades until changed," would the minister explain just what is meant?

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LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

The grades established last fall hold good until they are again established next fall.

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Section agreed to. On section 40-Standards established by grain standards board. Selection to be permanent. Standards. Samples. Inspectors to be governed by the act.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The explanation says

that the section is drafted in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Act. What is the difference between this section and the old section; who selected this board before?

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

It looks as if the note was entirely misleading.

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PRO

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Progressive

Mr. CRERAR:

Section 48 of the act of 1912 reads as follows:

Grain Standards Board

48. The board may appoint, for any division or district, as a grain standards board, such number of fit and skilful persons as it deems necessary, for the purpose of establishing such commercial grades and of choosing samples of such grades to be the standards therefor; and the appointment of such persons by the beard shall be held to be permanent and effective until superseded and replaced by other appointments by the board for that purpose.

2. The persons so apointed shall select and establish only the standards found necessary, to be designated as commercial standards; and in the inspection of all grain other than that subject to be graded as commercial grade, the inspectors shall be governed by the .grades established by this act.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The explanation is nonsense.

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PRO

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Progressive

Mr. CRERAR:

I quite agree with my right hon. friend; the explanation at the side is entirely unnecessary.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

From what I understand, it seems that we follow a rather peculiar pro-;edure here. I think under section 32 the chief inspector is supposed each year to select samples of the different grades of grain, to be known as the official standards. When we come to the commercial grades we have a board composed of about fifteen persons, some of whom, I suppose, have a knowledge of the grain trade, others possibly are growing grain, but so far as I know there are no technical men on this standards board. If all the commercial grades are to be set by

this grain standards board it is certainly one of the most important questions we have to take care of in the act. How are these persons to be appointed?

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LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

The members are appointed by the Board of Grain Commissioners for their special knowledge in the grain trade. Most of them are grain growers; some are millers.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

Is the< chief inspector a member of this grain standards board?

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LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

He may be. He prepares the samples and is always present.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

Is the deputy inspector, for instance, from Calgary at that meeting of the grain standards board as a member?

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LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

He is not a member of the board, but he has been present.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

I would suggest that the inspectors at Calgary, Edmonton, Moose Jaw, or any of the other points, should 6 p.m. be members of this grain standards board, for I think they know more about the building up of proper samples on which the grain for the season should be graded than many of the present members of that board.

Progress reported.

On motion of MV. Mackenzie King the House adjourned at six o'clock.

Monday, June 22, 1925

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June 20, 1925