Hon. Mr. ROSS (Victoria, N.S.) I think, to remove all doubts, W'e should issue a commission to go down to Glengarry and ascertain the cause of these chickens dying. But speaking seriously, this business of feeding and shipping chickens is now in its initial stage. Some parties have been successful, and others have not. But people are getting better acquainted with it, and if you allow this process to go on you will find that next year and the year following the export of chickens will keep on increasing in value. One man may try the business and fail, and another may try and succeed. That is the way in every business because if every man succeeded we would all be so rich that the country could not contain us.
Of course the milk requires to be in good condition. I am glad to say that in Canada there is practically no skim milk cheese made, nor is there any skimming of the milk at the factories. That matter has been thoroughly gone into by our dairy officers. We have our inspectors, and the cheese-makers themselves look after the quality of the milk.
Would not the milk suffer from being drawn a long distance to the factory ?
Now, Sir. Sainsburg may have been a farmer, and there is not an item there that any farmer would not have to pav for in the chicken business. There is nothing there for experimental work or instruction to the farmer. The chickens were shipped and sold, and there is $10 return, leaving a deficiency of $237. Now, did these chickens die ? There is the published statement of the hon. gentleman. I simply read the items that he furnishes the department of the Auditor General, including the expenditure for chickens and their feed, boxes to ship them in, and freight, that any other farmer would have to pay. Besides, he allowed his political friends where he established the station, some pay for looking after them. But the experimental work was done by the department the same as in Glengarry. At Bondville, Que., there was a loss of $239; at Charlottetown, a loss of $105; at Sussex, N.B., a loss of $198, and at Chatham, of $237 ; and so it goes.
As the discussion has been carried on with respect to chickens and cheese, I would ask the minister if he has given any attention to the supervision of the milk carried to the factories, so as to secure its being of a proper quality ? It needs a good quality of milk to make a good cheese for export. Has he taken Mr. TAYLOR.