Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, for the first time in a decade all grain delivery points in western Canada have been placed on open quota. This marks the end of the longest period of elevator congestion in the history of Canada's grain trade. For ten years in succession restrictions on deliveries have had to be applied, so that grain producers who started farming since 1952 have never known a time of unrestricted deliveries.
The 1961 grain crop was a short one but of high quality and relatively few grades. This took the pressure off storage requirements. Coupled with this was the increased world demand for Canadian wheat that emptied elevator bins at an almost unprecedented rate.
Mr. Speaker, the end came today, when all delivery points were put on open quota by the wheat board.