I agree with the two ministers. I live and market my grain eight and one-half miles from a loading platform, and
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with my neighbours' assistance I succeed in loading my car of grain on time, sometimes not within the twenty-four hours, but the railway companies are very generous and they have not been inclined to impose this dollar a day demurrage. Even if they did so, I argue that the farmers is receiving a service at away below cost when he can hold a car another twenty-four hours at the loading platform for one dollar.
In regard to the argument about small machines, if the farmer chooses to use a machine that will thresh only from 400 to 800 bushels a day, why should the railway companies or the neighbours be penalized for that? If the amendment carries, we shall have succeeded in providing for three cars at the loading platform placed side by side or endways, allowing three farmers to load at one time. That has been found necessary because of late years, since the old act was drafted, the cars have increased in size, and we have found that three men could not load at one time. But this new provision regarding the loading platform is going to be the greatest factor in shipping grain from western points in future, and so far as I am concerned I am not going to press for anything further than the act gives us at the present time.
Topic: CANADA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT