On the orders of the day:
Hon. JAMES A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce): Mr. Speaker, yesterday my hon. friend the member for Qu'Appelle (Mr. Perley) referred to an article which appeared in one of the local newspapers to the effect that the Winnipeg grain exchange would remain open until the end of the present crop year, namely, July 31-I think my hon. friend used July 1 as the date, quoting from a newspaper-and also that
50.000. 000 bushels of wheat had been sold by the Canadian wheat board to a buying agency of the British government. He asked whether I was prepared to make a statement on the matter and indicated certain points on which further details were desired.
The statement which I issued to the press on Saturday, and on which this article is based, was as follows:
The Canadian wheat board sold yesterday to the buying agency of the British government
50.000. 000 bushels of wheat at a price considerably above the present market. The government has decided not to close the Winnipeg market at least for the balance of this crop year.
In answering further. I wish to state that the parties to this sale were the Canadian wheat board and the cereals import committee of the United Kingdom. There was no intermediary between the wheat board and the cereals import committee. The sale was made direct. It is considered that it would not be in the public interest to disclose the price.
With respect to the continued operation of the Winnipeg grain exchange, neither the British government nor the cereals import committee has made representations to have the exchange closed.
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