February 27, 1901

FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 31) respecting the Orford Mountain Railway Company.-(Mr. Panne-lee.)


MARKING AND INSPECTION OF FRUIT PACKAGES.


The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney Fisher) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 32) to provide for the marking and inspection of packages containing fruit for sale.


CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Will the hon. Postmaster General give us some detailed information on this item ?

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

The Increases include commission to postmasters for savings bank business, $2,000; manufacture of postage stamps, postal cards, envelopes, &c., $8,000; a total of $10,000. From this must be deducted $809.33, because the vote for 1900-1 for certain miscellaneous post office charges and equipment was more than was required. This leaves a net estimated increase of $9,190.67.

Services in the Yukon Territory-Post office $125,000

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

The following figures will give the state of the Yukon service last year :

Mail services-

Water service $ 7,610 59

Railway service 1,654 30

Ordinary land service.. 71,168 17

Salaries-

Mr. James, special agent of

Skagway * $ 2,000 00

Dawson post office 20,411 25

Atlin post office 3,342 30

Lake Bennett post office.... 1,974 42 Other post offices 1,157 83

28,885 80

Miscellaneous-

Atlin post office $ 205 97

Dawson post office 690 36

Lake Bennett post office ... 2,153 38

3,049 71

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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

In view of the importance of this Bill, I think we should have some explanations of its nature at this stage.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I may say that this Bill, to a large extent, follows the lines of the Bill which was introduced into this House last session. It is introduced on the present occasion in consequence of the complaints that have been made in regard to the contents of closed packages of fruit put upon the markets of Canada and of Great Britain by Canadian fruit dealers. Difficulties have arisen to such an extent as in some measure to have discredited Canadian fruit in the markets of the world, as well as in our home market. Serious complaints have been made by the purchasers of Canadian fruits. The Bill which was introduced last session aimed at establishing grades of fruit, and at placing marks upon the packages that would indicate the quality of the fruit contained therein. This Bill provides a machinery by which packages so marked would be subject to inspection, and for penalties which would be a deterrent to those who are engaged in the fruit packing business in case they wished to pack fruit in a way contrary to the marks placed upon the package. The Bill has been somewhat modified since last session, inasmuch as it is proposed to apply it to the domestic as well as the export trade. It also provides in one section to apply to all packages of fruit which are closed, in this respect not being limited to apples and

pears, as was the Bill of last session. These changes have been introduced because of representations made from various sources in the country, especially from the fruit shippers and fruit growers' associations of the various provinces, the Bill being modelled to a large extent upon suggestions made by these interests. An attempt is made in the Bill to harmonize the somewhat divergent views of the different interests, while at the same time interfering as little as possible with the trade so far as consistent with safeguarding the public interests. I do not care to go into the details of the Bill just now, that I think could be better done in committee; therefore, I leave it with this short explanation, which I think will be sufficient to justify the introduction of a measure of this kind.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Where is the inspection to be made ?

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The MINISTER OP AGRICULTURE.

There is no provision stating where the inspection is to be made. The Bill provides for the appointment of inspectors when that is thought necessary, and any fruit which is marked under the provisions of this Bill will be subject to inspection wherever it may be exposed for sale, or in the warehouses of people who are engaged in the trade.

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CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

I suppose there will be no difficulty in getting an extra number of copies of this Bill to distribute among those interested ?

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The MINISTER OP AGRICULTURE.

Certainly, just as soon as the Bill is printed, copies will be available for everybody.

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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

Could the hon. minister say whether this inspection is to be compulsory ?

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The MINISTER OP AGRICULTURE.

The.inspection is not compulsory, but it is permissible ; that is to say, that every closed package of fruit marked under the provisions of this Act, will be subject to this inspection.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


VICTORIA DAY.

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Mr. EDWARD H.@

HORSEY (North Grey) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 33) respecting Victoria Day.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Wm. Mulock).

Explain.

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Edward Henry Horsey

Liberal

Mr. HORSEY.

I may say that the purport and object of this Bill is to make the 24th day of May a permanent public holiday in Canada.

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February 27, 1901