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

LIB

James Conmee

Liberal

Mr. CONMEE.

I mean the present law the Manitoba Grain Inspection Act, chapter 88 which we are now amending. The interpretation of clause 8 of that Act provides :
Public terminal elevator includes every elevator located at any point declared by the minister to be a terminal and doing business for compensation, in which grain is stored in bulk or the grain of different owners is mixed together or in which grain is stored in such a manner that the identity of the different lots or parcels cannot be accurately preserved.
A terminal elevator, in the provisions of this Act relating to terminal elevators and warehouses includes a warehouse.
That is changed in the proposed amendment and the reason is obvious. A mail might say, mine is not a public elevator, I am handling oul.v my own grain and not grain for compensation, and I have the right to mix when I choose. The minister's amendment reads :
' Public terminal elevator ' includes every elevator located at any point declared by the minister to be a terminal, and ' terminal elevator ' in the provisions of this Act relating to terminal elevators and warehouses, includes a warehouse.
This takes some ambiguity out of the old section. There was a doubt as to whether the minister could declare an elevator a public elevator, the owner of which would divide it into two, at Winnipeg or elsewhere, and say this half is public and the other half private, and in the private portion I can do as much mixing as I like. The gentlemen controlling elevators at Winnipeg are not subject to the Act. They are not public terminal elevators and are not under the regulations to which the public terminal elevators everywhere else are subject. They may be private elevators or elevators of any other kind, they do not come under the operation of this Act. I propose this amendment which I think will meet the objections of some hon. gentlemen and be perfectly fair :
Provided that all elevators at Winnipeg and St. Boniface in which grain is stored, cleaned or mixed and from which grain is shipped east of the said ports shall be deemed public terminal elevators.
If that be adopted all these Winnipeg elevators that do that kind of business will be on the same footing as other terminals as to the mixing and other conditions. In my opinion mixing is the proper thing. If you clean the grain, you enhance its value. You get a better grain and it realizes more money. The reason the farmers cannot do it is because they have not the machinery. But it is unfair to discriminate against that class of farmers, whose grain is not inspected at Winnipeg1, but goes to the terminal elevators for treatment. They ought to have the same privileges that they have in Winnipeg.

Topic:   MANITOBA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT.
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