Mr. E. E. PERLEY (Qu'Appelle):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to say a word before the
report presented by the special committee is concurred in, because the producers of western Canada may regard it as very brief. I think it is only fair to say to the public and to hon. members of this house who were not members of the committee that the committee were of the unanimous opinion that nothing should be done to injure or jeopardize the sale of our wheat and that nothing should be done to handicap the board in its selling operations. The evidence was somewhat confusing, but once the majority of the committee had decided that a royal commission should be set up to review the evidence taken and to carry on further investigation, it was felt that no useful purpose could be served by further discussion or by going into more detail with respect to the evidence.
It is true the report is brief. One paragraph in particular might be termed a majority and minority opinion. It states that there was no conclusive evidence that the board had protected1 speculative shorts, and it states also that the committee found no conclusive evidence on that point. I think this brief explanation in due to the public and I do not believe any useful purpose can be served by further reviewing the evidence. With this explanation, I am prepared to concur in the report.