I have risen now for the thirteenth time, and I hope that by so doing I shall not elicit an unlucky answer from the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I wish to vary the question asked by the hon. member for Battle River (Mr. Spencer) in regard to strikes of farmers in Alberta. The Minister of Trade and Commerce is no doubt aware that there was a strike there that lasted through November and December in the vicinity of Mundare, Two Hills, Smokey Lake, Lanuke, St. Paul, Lake Bellevue, Kaleland, Vilna, Beilis, Edward, Rich Valley and Hoad-ley. The grievances were concerned with (1), dockage; (2), grading; (3), installation of cleaners in elevators, and (4), a price commensurate with the cost of production. As the fourth item does not come within the purview of the board of grain commissioners I do not think it fair to ask the minister to make a statement thereon, but so far as the other three items are concerned I would ask the minister what stand the Department of Trade and Commerce has taken on this and also what the stand of the board of grain commissioners is with respect to these matters. I also know that the Minister of Trade and Commerce has received communications from
certain bodies in that district in regard to the spread between certain grades of wheat as well as the spread between street prices and spot prices, which more accurately represent the true value of the grain. Furthermore it was resolved that legislation should be enacted at the next session of parliament to enable the board of grain commissioners to investigate, and to regulate in the interests of the producer, all matters relating to grain marketing in western Canada. I do not know whether or not the board of grain commissioners have the necessary powers to investigate these matters or, if they have not, whether the minister intends to give those powers to the board, but I should like the minister to make a statement in that regard.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OP TRADE AND COMMERCE