Mr. E. R. Schreyer (Springfield):
Mr. Speaker, if the Minister of Finance has had to remain beyond the normal adjournment hour expressly for the purpose of answering my question I regret it very much because I realize he is busy. However, on two occasions last week I put a question to him which had to do with the matter of the movement of grain to export markets and I was not able to get a reply because of your interpretation of the rules, Mr. Speaker.
I put the question to the minister now, because I feel it is a matter of considerable importance and urgency-if not urgency certainly importance. In following the reports in the prairie wheat pool newspapers, and other newspapers, one finds conflicting accounts as
Proceedings on Adjournment Motion to the nature and extent of the problem of moving grain to the port terminal and from there to the export market.
Some would maintain that the cause of the problem has to do with C.P.R. inefficiencies. Others say that the problem with grain movement has to do with the inadequate terminal and port facilities. Still others contend that there is really no great problem at all; that if it is a problem it is not a serious one because they maintain that grain shipments this year are actually ahead of those for the same period in the previous year.
I should like to hear from the minister some statement which would clarify this situation. Just to what extent is there a problem in the movement of grain? Second, has this problem been of such an extent that it has caused Canada to forgo any additional export sales? Certainly I did notice in the Western Producer, which is the publication of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the statement that Canada has had to forgo additional sales because it simply was not able to meet any further contractual obligations. I hope that at this point the minister will make a statement which will help clarify the situation and dispel any doubts.
Topic: GRAIN-REPORTED INABILITY TO MAKE CERTAIN EXPORT SALES