June 3, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

The Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler) is not in his place, but I had intended to ask him a question, which will appear in Hansard and doubtless he will be able to answer on Monday.
I am in receipt of information that cars of wheat have been delivered recently in Saskatchewan, for instance at a station called Cole-ville, where a car is lying on the track. From the report of May 21, 1938, which is the last weekly statement furnished by the Canadian wheat board, which statements the minister has been good enough to file from time to
time in the office downstairs, the wheat board has received $9,000,000 on account of cash wheat sold to the Saskatchewan government, but apparently as of May 21 some 2,368,356'25 bushels still remained unsold. I suggest that the minister might indicate the policy of the government with respect to that, because apparently, according to the terms of the letter directed to the board, the government took over the whole of the wheat. That I think was the effect of it; they may not have intended to do so. I think it is important that we should know the situation. Apparently the amount of cash remaining in the hands of the board from the sale of the wheat that belonged to the board had risen to nearly $6,000,000, if not more.
I thought possibly the minister might make a statement indicating the exact position, from the standpoint of policy, dealing with the remainder of wheat on hand, because I think probably the seeding season is past. I fancy there will be no further distribution of grain this year for seed purposes in Saskatchewan.

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