Mr. J. H. Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, the answer is that it is the policy of the Canadian wheat board to move sufficient quantities of grain into position to supply the demand in the domestic market. There is no method, however, whereby the board can make sales at prices lower than those prevailing on the market at the time of purchase.
Direct sales from western producers to eastern feeders can be made under special arrangements with the wheat board. The quantity involved must be within the western producer's delivery quota and the difference between the initial payment and the prevailing selling price must be paid to the board. The selling price of such direct sales would be subject to agreement between the buyer and seller and there is no indication that any saving could be effected by adopting this method.