William Windfield RUTAN

RUTAN, William Windfield

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 10)


May 12, 1911

Mr. RUTAN.

So far they have been dealing in grain and the products of the farm. They have 'been in business some five years. They want power to increase their business, to enter into other lines, and to extend it outside of the province of Manitoba, and, therefore, they come here for a charter. It is necessary for them to have the same rights and powers as other companies if they are to engage in manufacturing or other industries.

Topic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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May 12, 1911

Mr. RUTAN.

It owns land in Winnipeg at present. This Bill was amended in the Private Bills Committee to enable the company to put up a ' building and rent the surplus floor space for other purposes and thus utilize its property. Whether it has property outside of Winnipeg I am unable to say. I will find out in a few minutes what the capital of the company is.

Topic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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May 12, 1911

Mr. RUTAN.

I might inform the hon. member for Grenville that the name in this Bill is exactly the same as the name under which the company is working in the province of Manitoba.

Topic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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May 12, 1911

Mr. RUTAN.

For the information of the hon. member for Grenville (Mr. Reid) I have obtained the figures he asked for. The old company have about $1,000,000 capital and $400,000 paid up. As to the fears expressed by the hon. member for Lincoln (Mr. Lancaster) it seems to me that the farmers in our Northwest know pretty well what they are investing in, and I cannot see why they should not have the same rights as men in any other line of business. I do not believe there is a farmer in the west who does not know all about the Grain Growers' Grain Company, and what benefit it has been to him the last four or five years in the way of marketing his crop and getting the best value for him out of it. Several times in Winnipeg I had occasion to be in the Grain Exchange and heard elevator and commission men enlarge very strongly on the power this company seemed to be wielding throughout the country. They appeared to look upon it as a competitor. Tiie men on the exchange spoke of the patronage the Grain Growers' Grain Company were receiving, and they thought that company was a serious competitor. That is exactly what we want. We do not want any line of elevator people or grain men to have a monopoly of the grain business, and the people have as much right to form a company and help to make competition and get the value out of their products as lawyers, doctors, or merchants have to form associations to protect themselves. This company is only asking for powers which any one may obtain by letters patent, and which we, as a parliament, have no right to keep from them. I see no reason why the Bill should not pass.

Topic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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May 12, 1911

Mr. RUTAN.

Its head office is in the city of Winnipeg. It has been buying and selling grain very largely for a number of years. If the hon. gentleman looks at the

records of the grain business in Winnipeg, Port Arthur and Fort William, he will find that last year this company handled nearly half the grain in the country. [DOT]

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