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


Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)


Then if one commissioner must be situated in Montreal and others must be located as far west as Regina and Calgary, I submit again that Fort William is the most central point between the two and is the most logical place for the headquarters oi the board.
Mr. McQUARRlIE: I agree very largely with what has been said by the hon. member for Fort William, and I have noticed some remarks which were made about Vancouver. In my opinion I do not think any of the grain which goes over the Canadian National railway westerly should go as far as Vancouver at all; I think it should stop at New Westminster, and I would like to see this matter looked into by the board. There would be a saving of one cent per bushel on all grain shipped from the Fraser river instead of from Vancouver.
My reason for making that statement is that Fort Mann, on the south side of the Fraser river across from New Westminster, is the freight terminus of the Canadian National railway, which does not enter Vancouver on its own tracks at all; for the last fifteen miles all shipments must go over the tracks of the Great Northern railway which, by the way, i.s an American concern. That means that grain coming over the Canadian National railway to Vancouver from Port Mann must pay first a toll on the bridge; then the cars must be switched to the Great Northern tracks, which involves a switching charge; then there is a toll to the Great Northern railway and in addition, when these cars get to Vancouver they must be switched to the Canadian Pacific tracks in order to reach the elevators. All these operations cost money, which works out to about one cent per bushe; on all grain, so there is that amount of money to be saved by shipping from New Westminster instead of Vancouver. The big ships can come right to the docks at New Westminster, and there are miles and miles of desirable sites for the location of elevators along the Fraser river. As a matter of fact, with the assistance of the government one elevator has been built near New Westminster, and I hope this new grain board, when it starts to function, will look into this situation and see that something is done to recognize the advantages of the port of New Westminster.

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