Hazen Robert Argue
Mr. Chairman, I am pleased that the position taken in recent years by the farm organizations has not been altered in any way by evidence produced by the parliamentary secretary.
I should like to raise another point on clause 1. It has to do with the reference made by the minister, when he was introducing the legislation, to the maximum price for grain that can be obtained at Fort William-Port Arthur and Vancouver under the international wheat agreement. In making his statement the minister said that the maximum price, in accordance with the discount today on the Canadian dollar, could go as high as $2.14 a bushel at Fort William and Vancouver. I am not trying to misinterpret what the minister has said. I am asking for information and clarification. I did so this afternoon but the minister did not answer me in his general reply. I asked this afternoon why the wheat board has not been able to obtain more than $1.90 a bushel at Fort William when the Canadian dollar is at a discount today.
Canadian Wheat Board Act
I take it that the maximum price at Fort William today in United States funds is about $1.99 a bushel. The minister can adjust that to the precise amount but I think that would be very close. I ask him why the price at Fort William today is not above $1.90 and why the wheat board is unable to get this additional amount at this time. The minister seemed to imply in his statement that this might be accomplished by the 12J cent increase in the maximum price of wheat because the price in United States dollars has gone up from $1.90 to $2.02J. If the best the wheat board can do today is $1.90 and a fraction it would seem to me that the best they could do in the future under the international wheat agreement with the ceiling where it is would be $2.03 or thereabouts.
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