Controversial wheat agreement with Great Britain is reached

Our History: November 1950

Controversial wheat agreement with Great Britain is reached

These solid oak sleighs with your choice of steel thickness were offered in our Nov. 23, 1950 issue. That was the year of the damaging flood in southern Manitoba, and the editorial that week suggested that it was “worthwhile to study” the text of an American Farm Bureau Federation resolution calling for more regulation on wetland drainage as a way of limiting flood damage.

Speaking to the annual meeting of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Agriculture Minister J.G. Gardiner addressed the wheat agreement with Great Britain, and the controversial “have regard to” clause under which U.K. prices would be set relative to the world price, which rose after the agreement was signed. Prairie farmers protested that this had meant a considerable loss, and Gardiner said he hoped that some agreement could be reached that was satisfactory to both farmers and U.K. customers.

Gardiner also said Canadian farmers had failed to fill U.K. contracts for bacon and cheese, and he urged additional hog production to produce more “Wiltshire sides.”

We reported that the Supreme Court had ruled invalid the 1947 seizure of a U.S. grain trader’s barley stocks in Thunder Bay, using powers it had been granted during the Second World War. The board later appealed the case to the Privy Council in the U.K., which at that time was the final court of appeal. This was the last-ever Canadian case taken to the Privy Council, which overturned the Supreme Court decision and upheld the board’s case.

A classified ad that issue read:

Wanted: Good stockman and wife, or single man and woman to help with chores and housework. Man $50 per month, woman $40 for winter. Permanent if satisfied. Electric equipped.

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