January 22, 1969 (28th Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

Deane Roscoe Gundlock

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gundlock:

Mr. Speaker, I sat here and listened to the minister. His seatmate is leaving. We have listened to facts and figures all evening, mostly about the weather. The government says this is the greatest day in history for the movement of grain. However, if I may, Mr. Speaker, I wish to tell the minister that last year was the worst year in history for the movement of grain. This almost reminds me of a joke. We hear a lot about movement of grain but not about deliveries. How about the deliveries? That is what we are talking about. We have heard from many ministers tonight and especially from one very vocal minister who can really put on a show, namely, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (Mr. Pepin). I hope we will hear from the Minister of Agricutlure (Mr. Olson). However, we have heard mostly about the movement of grain while we are really talking about deliveries.
If the rules will permit, Mr. Speaker, I might tell a story about that. I recall that before we had simultaneous interpretation in the house all that could be understood was that it is very easy to conceive but very hard to deliver. So far as I am concerned as a western farmer, this is the position of the government at present. They can do a lot of talking but it is very hard for them to deliver. The main trouble is that they talk so much about it and do so little. We have listened for about two hours to stories about the weather. I ask you, Mr. Speaker; is there anything new about Canadian weather this year? Granted, it may be a little cold in Calgary, but is there anything really new about it? All the minister was doing was making excuses. The farmers do not want to listen to apologies and excuses. They want some answers, and perhaps the best answer would be for the government to keep its hands off the Wheat Board.

Topic:   MOTION TO ADJOURN UNDER S.O. 26 GRAIN ALLEGED PARALYSIS OF WHEAT MOVEMENT THROUGH VANCOUVER-MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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