Mr. Gordon Towers (Red Deer):
Mr. Speaker, this is a matter of urgency related to the Canadian Wheat Board's intention to purchase grain cars.
The president of Palliser Wheat Growers Association says, "The current lack of grain movement off the prairies is not a railroad problem. The railroads are presently booked at only 50 per cent to 60 per cent of capacity to Thunder Bay, and only 40 per cent to 50 per cent of capacity to Vancouver" and, further, states, "Neither cars nor motive power are the problem"-when it comes to moving grain for export.
I move, seconded by the hon. member for Swift Current-Maple Creek (Mr. Hamilton):
That the Minister of Transport, in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board, release figures on which the decision was made by him or by the Wheat Board to establish there is a requirement for that board to spend hard-earned farmers' funds to buy hopper cars, because there appears to be some question as to need at this time.
Subtopic: CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Sub-subtopic: PURCHASE OF HOPPER CARS BY BOARD-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43