July 10, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



In regard to the two sets of proposed amendments, they have been distributed for the information of the House, so that no one would be taken by surprise. The difference between the two sets of amendments proposed, with regard to section 31 of the Bill, is a difference not in principle but only in detail. I may say that the Bill which has come down from the Senate is based on the report of the Royal Grain Commission which was appointed in 1900, and which made a very exhaustive examination of the grain trade, both in the west and Mr. ZIMMERMAN
in the east and in Great Britain. That commission embodied its views in a report which has been before the House for a considerable time. Preparatory to the framing of the Bill which would embody the propositions of the commission, a conference was held under the auspices of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. That conference was attended by representatives of the railway interest, the milling interest, the grain dealing interest, the farming interest, as well as by a number of members of this House and the chairman of the Royal Grain Commission; so that there was a fair opportunity for all sides of the question to be presented. As a result of that conference it was decided not to follow in all particulars the views of the Royal Grain Commission. Some things which they recommended were not acted upon, and some of their recommendations were varied; but in the main the Bill as it was presented to the Senate and as it has come down to us is the embodiment of the views of that commission. When the report of the Royal Grain Commission got into the hands of the public generally, especially the farming community of the west, there was of course brought to bear upon it an interest that was not fully in evidence in the conference before the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In other words, the great farming interest of the country had an opportunity to discuss pro and con the merits of the question and to give their views directly as to what they wanted; and it is in accordance largely with the views that have been expressed directly by the grain-growing interest that the amendments which have been placed before the House in sheet form have been prepared. It was thought right that any amendments that were to be suggested should be printed and placed informally in the hands of members. We thought it would save time in discussion to have them distributed in convenient form.

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