Hon. JAMES MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
I well remember
making the statement that I would-I think I went that far-some time in the month of February, make a statement as to the wheat policy for the coming year. At the time I said that I had no idea that there would be any trouble in bringing finality to plans for a wheat policy for the coming season. The wheat committee of the cabinet, the cabinet generally, the wheat board, the advisory committee advising the wheat board, and practically everyone interested in wheat in western and eastern Canada, individuals and organizations, have been giving this matter of wheat the very closest study. Any delay that there has been is caused by the tremendous number of different viewpoints on the question and the great divergence of opinion as to what should be the programme for next year. During last week and the early part of this week the wheat board and the advisory committee to the wheat board has been meeting in Winnipeg attempting to bring some finality to their advice to the cabinet in this matter. The wheat board arrived in Ottawa yesterday morning to consult with the wheat committee of the cabinet and I am hopeful that we shall have at least a partial announcement on the matter of policy within the next three or four days.