July 25, 1904

TOBACCO COMMISSION.

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. D. MONK.

Mr. Speaker, with the consent of the government, I would like to move :

That the report of Judge McTavish on the tobacco industry, the evidence taken by him and all documents filed, be printed forthwith, and that rule 99 be suspended for that purpose.

We have before us a very important resolution presented by the Minister of Inland Revenue (Hon. L. P. Brodeur), the object of which is to remedy the grievances referred to in the commission with which Judge MacTavish was charged. Furthermore, the subject-matter is one which has attracted a great deal of attention, and I think it is highly desirable that the members of this House should be conversant with the results of this commission.

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Rt. H@

I do not want to object to the motion, but I will suggest that my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) wait until the Minister of Justice is present in the House. We will see that my hon. friend will have an opportunity of moving this resolution.

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CANADIAN PRIZE WINNERS.

LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN (Minister or Militia and Defence).

Before the Orders of the Day are proceeded with, I desire to refer to a matter which I think is of sufficient importance to be brought to the attention of the House ; that is, the fact that a Canadian, Private Perry, of Vancouver, B.C., has won the King's prize at Bisley camp. Private Perry, I believe, is the first Canadian-born soldier who has won this prize, although this prize was brought to Canada once before ; it was then brought by a citizen of Canada, but not by a man who had been born in this country. Private Perry also served with distinction in South Africa. I had the honour of sending a cablegram, as soon as the news reached Canada, to Private Perry through the commandant of the Bisley team, congratulating him upon his success. I am sure that this is a matter for congratulation upon the part of the militia of this country, on the part of this parliament and on the part of the people of Can ada generally.

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L-C

Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

I can heartily endorse, on behalf of the opposition, the statements that have been made by the Minister of Militia, and I may say that I feel proud to know that the former winner of the King's prize was a Canadian citizen, even if he were not a Canadian born. I am not aware that it makes a difference whether a Canadian is born within the bounds of the Dominion or not, so long as he is a good Canadian citizen. We welcome all, they are

not strangers to this country, so long as they become good Canadian citizens. I was a little surprised to see the minister make that distinction.

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An hon. MEMBER.

Oh, get out.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

Mr. Perry is an old Toronto boy, and has reflected credit on the militia force, both as a member of the Royal Grenadiers of Toronto, of the South Africa corps and of our Bisley rifle team.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance).

I wish to remind the Minister of Militia (Sir Frederick Borden) that Canada has won even a larger share of honour, for a Canadian-born, although at present connected with the King's Colonials in London, Major Howard, the agent-general of the province of Nova Scotia, has won another of the great prizes at Bisley, the St. George's prize.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN.

And, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Lou Scholes, a distinguished Canadian of Toronto, has shown himself to be the first oarsman of the world. Although many of our friends opposite come from the sea, we who live inland, on the shores of the great lakes, are expert in the matter of the oar, and we also are proud that our fellow-townsman, Lou Scholes, of Toronto, is one of a trio of Canadians who have distinguished themselves before the whole empire.

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TOBACCO COMMISSION.

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. D. MONK.

I may perhaps renew the motion I made in the absence of the right hon. the Prime Minister, as to which the Minister of Finance asked me to wail until the Minister of Justice arrived. It is a motion for the immediate printing of the evidence, &c., taken before the Royal Tobacco Commission. This evidence is of so much importance that I believe it should be circulated, not only amongst the members of this House, but among the large number of people outside this House who take a lively interest in this question.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

For my part, I can see no objection to the motion, but I do not see the necessity for immediate haste. I shall communicate with my colleague, the Minister of Justice, and when motion is made to go into committee my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) will have an opportunity of renewing his motion.

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QUESTIONS.

CANADIAN AND BRITISH POSTAL RATES.

CON

Mr. BLAIN asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the Canadian rate of postage in 1868 on letters, papers and parcel post ?

2. What was the rate of postage on letters, papers and parcel post to Great Britain in 1868 ?

3. What changes in rate of postage on letters, papers and parcel post have been made since 1868 for Canada and Great Britain 7

And what are the dates of increase and decrease ?

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Hon. W. S.@

Mr. Speaker, I find that the answer to this question is altogether too voluminous for the matter to be dealt with in the manner suggested by my hon. friend (Mr. Blain) in the way of questions and answer.

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EXPERIMENTS WITH TOBACCO.

CON

Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Have any portions of the experimental farms been used during the past year for experimentation in tobacco-growing ? If so, what portions, and with what results ?

2. Have any bulletins been issued from the Department of Agriculture concerning the cultivation, curing and packing of tobacco since 1896 ?

3. Has the report made by Blaise Duguas on trade with Belgium been printed and circulated by the government ?

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LIB

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance). (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. In 1903 about two-thirds of an acre at the Central Farm at Ottawa, was devoted to tobacco ; 51 varieties were tested in small plots, and three of the most popular sorts in larger plots. The very cool season of 1903 was not favourable for the tobacco and it did not fully mature. It was, however, cut and cured and has been used chiefly for spraying for the destruction of insect pests.

2. A bulletin on tobacco culture, No. 30 of the Experimental Farm series, was prepared by Dr. Wm. Saunders, Director of the Experimental Farms, and published in April, 1898. In this bulletin the following subjects were discussed : The growth of tobacco in Canada. the preparation of the soil, sowing of the seed, planting, cultivation, suckering, saving of seed, insect enemies, harvesting, drying, bulking and earliest and best yielding varieties.

Much information regarding tobacco and its cultivation has been given in the Annual Reports of the Experimental Farms from time to time since 1893, as follows :

Page.

Report of Central Farm for 1893-

Experiments with tobacco 121

Hints on tobacco culture 124

Analysis of leaves and stems 124

Harvesting and curing tobacco 125

Report of Central Farm for 1895-

Experiments with tobacco 130

Report of Central Farm for 1896-

Hints on culture of tobacco 179

When to cut tobacco [DOT] [DOT] 179

Growing tobacco for special purposes .. 180

Cigar wrappers and fillers 180

Report of Central Farm for 1897-

Experiments with tobacco [DOT][DOT] 131

Effects of fertilisers on tobacco 131

Transplanting experiments 131

Topping and pruning 132

Report of Central Farm for 1898-

Results of testing of 35 varieties of

tobacco 118

(With particulars as to cultivation, also dates of topping, total weight of first grade leaves, weight of second grade dried leaves, weight of third grade dried leaves and total weight per acre.) Report of Central Farm for 1899-

Results of testing 48 varieties of tobacco in small plots, 1J acres being devoted to three of the most promising varieties 115

Report of the Central Farm for 1900-

Results of the tests of 56 varieties of * tobacco, six of which were grown in field plots and dried and cured in the

tobacco house 137

Report of the Central Farm for 1901- Results of a trial of 46 varieties of tobacco, including particulars as to their growth and treatment, with the yield of the different varieties per acre for three years ; also a special report on the best six varieties under test .. .. 125

In all these experiments particular attention has been given to the relative earliness, yield and quality of the different sorts under test.

Similar experiments were conducted in 1902, and 1903, and are now in progress for 1904, and the results of these three years' trial will be given in the Report for 1904.

Experiments in the growing of tobacco have also been made at the branch experimental farms, one of which is located at each of the following points : Nappan, Nova Scotia ; Brandon, Manitoba ; Indian Head, Northwest Territories and Agassiz, British Columbia ; and the results have been given in the Annual Reports of the Experimental Farms. This information will be found in the Reports for 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 and 1901.

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July 25, 1904