Hon. Robert Winters (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, the mailing of the wheat payment cheques will be completed tomorrow. The distribution of the cheques for the final payments for oats and barley will commence on February 2 and will be completed within the next two weeks.
In 1865-66 producers delivered 49,626,630 bushels of oats and 88,920,104 bushels of barley. The amounts of the final payments to be distributed are $12,313,571 for oats, and a record $29,230,543 for barley. As I informed the house on January 13, the amount of the final payment on wheat was $270,028,575. Thus the total of the final payment on wheat, oats and barley is $311,572,689, which is the largest final payment on grains in the history of the Canadian Wheat Board.