Mr. E. E. PERLEY (Qu'AppeUe):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce., more or less by way of making a request. In doing so I am following up a question I asked on Wednesday last, as reported at page 4199 of Hansard. At that time I asked the minister if he had received any complaints from western Canada with respect to the allotment of cars. I shall not read the whole of what took place at that time, other than to say that the minister replied that he had not heard of any charges of discrimination. He said:
I have had requests from many sources that a different basis of allocating the cars be instituted.
Daily I am receiving complaints, and I received some to-day, protesting against the system being used, one known as the thirty-car cycle. These complaints say that it is not working out satisfactorily. There is an opportunity provided by this system of the grain firms taking advantage of the farmer by undergrading grain. I have reason to believe that the minister has had several requests for changing the system, and I must
ask if he will consider the requests he has received to the effect that the system be changed over for the balance of the crop season, and for 1942 crop delivery, Would he change the arrangement so as to (meet the suggestions which are being forwarded to him in large numbers?
Subtopic: ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION IN PLACEMENT OP CARS