Hon. JAMES MALCOLM (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved the second reading of Bill No. 12, to amend the Canada Grain Act.
He said: I would just like to make an observation regarding this bill. The bill is drafted by the Board of Grain Commissioners, with their solicitor, and in accordance with the recommendation of last year's committee on agriculture and colonization. That committee, which made certain amendments to the grain act, suggested that there should be a complete revision of the arrangements of the various sections and that the recommendations of the committee should also be incorporated in that legislation.
That has been accomplished, and it is my intention to refer this bill again to the committee on agriculture and colonization, so that any further amendments that may be considered necessary can be discussed there. I doubt very much if anything would be gained by a discussion of the bill in the house at this time, or until the committee have had a chance to hear the representations of those interested. I therefore intend to move at this time, if the bill be given second reading, that it be referred to the committee on agriculture and colonization.
Motion agreed to, bill read the second time and referred to the select standing committee on agriculture and colonization