June 7, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

James Malcolm (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MALCOLM:

Quite so-the committee felt that for all time this question could be best settled and expense and laborious auditing saved if they would recommend to the house that it be enacted in legislation that a standard ticket be printed and supplied by the Board of Grain Commissioners to all country elevators, this standard ticket to take the form and appearance of a standard government certificate. The committee are recommending in this bill that the Board of Grain Commissioners do not actually print but supervise the printing of the tickets, and supply them to the elevators, and that no tickets shall be used until they have been supplied by the board. That the use of any other ticket than the ticket supplied by the board shall be illegal. May I observe that this is not going to disturb the printing of tickets ;in western Canada. There are a few large printing houses which are printing these tickets for the board. I believe that the board will see fit to use a standard paper for the printing of these tickets. They will use a standard border in the printing of the tickets, and there will be uniformity of type throughout. The only difference will be in the name of'the grain company printed on the ticket, to supply the needs of the various buyers of grain. The grain ticket which will be used in future in western Canada will be as uniform in appearance as a Canadian government certificate or as a one-dollar bill. It will lead, through standardization of size, to economies of handling and it will I think forever get away from where an operator of a country elevator goes to his local printer and gets a ticket printed which may not be in conformity with the desire of parliament, because the printer has added words thereto, and before the addition of those words is discovered many disputes may arise.
I think I have covered the four or five principal features to be found in this bill. We have dealt with what has been known as the hybrid ticket, and I believe that we have settled that question in the most satisfactory manner possible, by clearly defining the rights of the producer under section 150, and we are providing by having the tickets supplied by the board that no tampering can take place with tickets in the future.
We have recommended a solution for the problem of mixing by asking for the pro-

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hibition of mixing in the statutory grades, leaving mixing legal within the commercial grades. We have tried to settle the question of lack of uniformity in standards by making legal a standard which we think is as near the average of the grade as it is possible to reach. We have tried to settle complaints by providing for more extensive 'machinery for the administration of the act. I think that that is about all the information that I can give the house in a general way on the changes recommended by the committee on agriculture and colonization.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT
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