Mr. S. J. Korchinski (Mackenzie):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Can he inform the house whether he has anything further to add to the answers previously
given regarding the movement of tough and damp grain in the northeastern corner of Saskatchewan?
Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade
and Commerce): Yes, Mr. Speaker. This is a matter which is of considerable concern to the producers of that area, and every effort has been made to meet their requirements. The wheat board has advised me now that while very little space is available for local deliveries at the points in northeastern Saskatchewan which are affected, there are outstanding shipping orders in the hands of the elevator agents for 30 cars, 12 cars and 15 cars, respectively, for three areas, Hudson Bay, Veillardville and Erwood. As navigation at the lakehead has just opened, grain to that destination will be moving more freely from now on, and it is anticipated by the Canadian wheat board that the railway company will be in a position to furnish box cars in fulfilment of the outstanding orders and additional orders commencing within a few days. As space becomes available for further deliveries by producers, delivery quotas will be increased accordingly.
The shipment of tough and damp grain to lakehead terminals will be continued by the board on a first priority basis, and the board expects that opportunity will be provided to market most of the tough and damp grain in the area during the course of the next few weeks.
Topic: PROVISION FOR MOVEMENT OF TOUGH AND DAMP GRAIN