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


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



If my hon. friend (Mr. Staples) is correct, then the farmers and everybody interested in the appointment of tlie Royal Grain Commission were under a mistake. He has argued for the mixing of grain in transit. It may be that he is right and all the rest wrong, but he is on one side and all the rest on the other side. The change he suggests appears to be a dangerous one. There must be mixing of grain in the ordinary commercial handling of the crop, because the farmer cannot ship his individual load of grain all the way to the British market and preserve its Identity. Winnipeg is the great converging point for grain in carlots, the grain must be brought together somewhere, and that coming together must take place before the grain reaches Winnipeg or in Winnipeg, as at Winnipeg it receives its final grading. To prevent that grain coming together and constituting grades in Winnipeg would unquestionably be to the detriment of the farmers. To say that there shall be no mixing in Winnipeg is to say that there shall be no dealing on sample in Winnipeg. The whole idea we have gathered from the farmers is that they wish to reap whatever benefit is to be derived from making Winnipeg an order point. In the country elevators there must be mixing, you could not legislate to prevent it.

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