Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):
This is an announcement that has been made for a great many years, namely the provision for an interim payment on wheat. In very recent years the interim payment has been of the same amount as has been announced, namely 10 cents per bushel. This is just half the 20 cents interim payment that had become the pattern for a great many years after the war. No matter what the size of this payment, it can be said, Mr. Speaker, that prairie grain producers support the Canadian wheat board system of marketing their wheat, oats and barley.
There may be a feeling, there is a feeling, that this payment should have been supplemented by a deficiency payment, and by means of a deficiency payment made substantially larger, but that does not constitute a quarrel amongst prairie grain producers with the wheat board system of marketing grain. I express the hope that it may be possible to
close out the account at an early date and make final payment as quickly as possible. This payment will be welcomed now particularly because western grain producers are hard pressed for cash, and they will be looking forward to government action in this field subsequent to the mass delegation coming to Ottawa.