April 12, 1962

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I am not sure whether or not the house has reconciled itself to hearing the hon. member for Kootenay West.

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Some hon. Members:

No.

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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kooienay West):

Mr. Speaker, members of this group always welcome any improvement in our social welfare program, however microscopic. We hope these decisions have not been timed to correspond with the urgent necessities of coming events.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

Elections are the only things that move this government, in any event.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN QUOTA FOR ALL DELIVERY POINTS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, for the first time in a decade all grain delivery points in western Canada have been placed on open quota. This marks the end of the longest period of elevator congestion in the history of Canada's grain trade. For ten years in succession restrictions on deliveries have had to be applied, so that grain producers who started farming since 1952 have never known a time of unrestricted deliveries.

The 1961 grain crop was a short one but of high quality and relatively few grades. This took the pressure off storage requirements. Coupled with this was the increased world demand for Canadian wheat that emptied elevator bins at an almost unprecedented rate.

Mr. Speaker, the end came today, when all delivery points were put on open quota by the wheat board.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker,

I am sure the country will welcome the fact that we are about to have a general election, as that is the only way by which we can get this government to do the things which have been urged for some time. What the Minister of Agriculture has announced was urged in this house two years ago-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

-not only by members of the Liberal party-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Perhaps the hon. member would allow me to attempt to obtain the hearing which his remarks deserve.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

I am sure you would agree, Mr. Speaker, that they deserve serious attention. As I said, it is a good thing we are having an election as this is the only way in which we have been able to get this government to do anything positive for those sections of the people who have been asking for attention. Notwithstanding what hon. gentlemen may say now by way of intervention, what the minister has announced today was urged by members of the Liberal party during the past two years-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

-on behalf of

certain sections of agriculture. We are glad that at long last coming events have joined with what we have urged in order to bring the government to some decision.

Mr. 3runsden: Mr. Speaker,-

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Is the hon. member rising on a point of order?

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PC

Edwin William Brunsden

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Brunsden:

I have a supplementary question.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member is introducing his supplement too soon. I recognize the hon. member for Timiskaming.

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NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Arnold Peters (Timiskaming):

The

New Democratic party also welcomes the announcement of the minister. In fairness to the farmers themselves I think it should be pointed out that the removal of quotas is desired as a long term program. However, it should be remembered that part of the reason this has been accomplished has been the sales ability of the wheat board, and part the drought condition last year. However, we welcome this announcement also and hope that the farmers who have some grain on hand are able to dispose of it now.

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An hon. Member:

Sour grapes.

On the orders of the day:

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April 12, 1962