April 26, 1967 (27th Parliament, 1st Session)


John James Greene (Minister of Agriculture)


Mr. Greene:

My understanding of the administration of the quotas by the commission is that they will be used at the absolute discretion of the commission. The point they made about sale to immediate members of the family, and so on, is to assure the dairy farmers that in those situations quotas will be transferred automatically. You must still go to the commission, but the quotas will be transferred automatically.
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In other cases quotas are used to rationalize the industry and to ensure that after the quotas have been in vogue for a reasonable period a large proportion, if not all, of the people in the industry have the kind of unit which will give them a good income. They have absolute discretion in this regard. I feel certain if someone were selling out and two producers, who had been too small, were living next door, that those producers would have the priorities in the quotas. The commission would have absolute discretion to grant them any excess quotas there were, always bearing in mind that the total, global quotas available to the commission are based on the domestic consumption in Canada. That determines the quotas available for distribution from time to time by the commission.
The general purpose of what is done and the general idea is to put the industry in good shape so that 65 per cent of the people do not have less than 100,000 pounds five years from now. The commission has wide authority, and the transfer of quotas will be at the discretion of the commission.

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