Mr. A. B. McCOIG (West Kent):
I desire to call the attention of the Government to a despatch from Washington dated August 12, which reads as follows:
U.S. Wheat Crop to Be Controlled-Elevators
and Mills Will Be Licensed-Keep Eye on
Exchanges and Middlemen.
Washington, Aug. 12.-The food administration announced to-night its plan for controlling wheat, flour and bread, revealing that the Government is prepared to take over the whole 1917 wheat harvest if necessary to conserve the supply, fighting forces and their allies, and reduce costs to the general public in the United States.
Establishing of buying agencies at all the principal terminals, licensing of elevators anji mills, fixing of a price to be considered fair, regulation of the middlemen, and of gi'ain exchanges, with the elimination of trading in futures, are the chief features of the plan. The licensing will begin September 1.
The minimum price of $2 for wheat fixed by Congress does not become effective until next year, but the administration proposes to exercise a very thorough control over this year's crop through powers conferred under the food and export control bills.
I ask the Government, in view of the fact that the wheat threshing throughout the province of Ontario is in progress at the present time, and the farmers and consumers, as well as the milling companies, are anxious to know if the Government purpose taking some similar action before the wheat crop is disposed of.