Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, I had not intended making this statement to-day-it was my intention, rather, to make it to-morrow; nor had I any knowledge of the hon. member's intention to ask the question. Since it has been asked, however, I believe I can make a statement now.
The Canadian wheat board regulations are being amended to permit the delivery of eigh-
teen bushels of wheat per authorized acre during the present crop year. This will represent an increase of four bushels over the fourteen bushel limit in effect to date, but will not become effective until established in the regular way by Canadian wheat board instruction.
The raising of quotas at country points already at the fourteen bushel limit will be deferred until the wheat board has been able to raise all country points to at least a ten-bushel quota, and steps have been taken to supply cars to the points which have been 'below that level. Before the end of the crop year it is intended to raise all stations to the eighteen-bushel quota, as a result of the heavier export movement than was envisaged a year ago when the 1943-44 delivery policy was first announced.
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