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


James Malcolm (Minister of Trade and Commerce)



These commissioners will have for the major portion of their work the settling of complaints of producers, the supervision of the country elevators, and such work as concerns largely the producer's interests. It was felt that the production of grain in British Columbia was not yet sufficiently large to justify the stationing of a_ commissioner at Vancouver at present, and that the settlement of complaints with regard to the production of grain in British Columbia could be looked after more conveniently and economically from Calgary. So far as the output, of grain from the terminal elevators at Vancouver is concerned, the inspection department can take care of that work admirably.
The decision to place a man at Fort William was largely due to the fact that there is a greater quantity of grain moving through Fort William. The Board of Grain Commissioners have been stationed in the past at Fort William, and a great deal of the work of the commission which deals with European shipments passing through Fort William will have to be continued at that point. Undoubtedly there will be a permanent staff at Fort William for the administration of the act on account of the importance of Fort William- as an all-year shipping point, by rail in the winter and by boat in the summer. It was not found necessary to establish at the moment an assistant commissioner at Vancouver. We took evidence on that point from our own officers, and I can assure my hon. friend that the matter was given very careful consideration. It may be that in the
future when the grain business of Vancouver has increased it will be necessary to have an agent there.

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