On the orders of the day:
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce): Mr. Speaker, on Monday last the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) took exception as a question of privilege to an answer given on February 3 to a question asked by the hon. member for Qu'Appelle (Mr. Perley). The answer was in the following terms:
1, 2, 3. The subject to which this question relates, namely, the marketing of Canadian grains abroad, is now being investigated by the royal grain inquiry commission, which has not yet reported to the government.
As Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce I am responsible for that answer. I regret the suggestion that there has been any discourtesy to the hon. member for Qu'Appelle, as none was intended in the answer given. I have examined the records in relation to this matter and I agree with the leader of the opposition that the answer as originally given, while the facts were correctly stated, was not happily expressed. I have revised and expanded the answer to the question, and with the permission of the house I should like to place upon the records a correction of the original answer, as follows:
1. Yes. To exporters only.
2. Made without knowledge or advice of wheat committee of the cabinet.
3. Cancelled without knowledge or advice of the wheat committee of the cabinet on December 20, 1935, because the wheat board considered it advisable to do so.