May 17, 1905

LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Yes, we ask them to do this. The request is printed on every envelope.

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LIB
CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I would suggest that from time to time these lists be. submitted to members of parliament who can look over them, revise them and perhaps add other names, because there are always new men coming to the front. This would make the list a more valuable one to the public.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

If members would take the trouble to do it we -would be very glad to submit the list to them.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I have not been to the Central farm for the last year or two, but I would like to inquire if there have been any buildings put up lately or if there are any in contemplation?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

We have added one or two small outside buildings for poultry, costing $100 or something like'that, but no other buildings.

.Mr. SPROULE. It occurred to me when visiting the farm that it would be very desirable. especially when the weather was inclement, to have some place where the people could have shelter and where they eould sit down, if they had their baskets along with them, and take a meal. I remember being out one day when it was raining, and the only places that the crowd of people, including men and women, could get into were the barns, stables and sheds. It occurred to me that we might be able to put up some cheap building that people could get into and have a little comfort and at the same time shelter from the inclemency of the weather.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

It is evident the hon. gentleman has not been there for some time, because five years ago, when we had to rearrange and rebuild the root cellar, we built over it an implement shed and above 197

that again we provided a large open space with tables where excursionists can arrange for having their lunches and where people can go in large numbers when it is raining. There is room for several hundred people. In connection with the dairy building we have quite a large room, with conveniences where ladies can go. From 50 to 100 can get in there. Besides that there are the farm offices, laboratory and greenhouse where people can go.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I was not at the farm last year or this year, but previously I had been going over the farm every year, and I did not suppose there was much change. It occurred to me that it would be desirable to have such a building. If it has been provided I am glad to know it. It is not intended out of this vote, of course, to do any extensive building?

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

If there were any buildings to be erected they would be provided for by another vote?

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I notice that for some time there have been experiments carried on in regard to fruit by hybridizing and otherwise. The present director, I know, has conducted a good deal of work in that line. We have not had any information in regard to Ids s- cess.

Mr. FI ;;JER. I gave a full explanation before my hon. friend came in to-night.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I thought I was only out a few minutes and that I would not miss very much. /

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

My hon. friend from Hal-ton (Mr. Henderson) told me last night that I was learning better and I have been giving my explanations more concisely

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I want to merely ask in regard to these experiments-

Mi'. FISHER. If my hon. friend will examine the report he will find a complete statement oi>these experiments with pictures of the fruits we have produced.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I might go home and take the report with me and thus save asking any questions on the floor at all. But we shall continue to ask questions.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Yes, but it was because I had already given the explanation to the committee that I made that suggestion to the hon. gentleman.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I would like to know if the director's experiments have been the same as those of that man in Califoria, and if he has been able to demonstrate that we are able to cultivate plums without stones I and apples without seeds?

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Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

No, we have been trying to do more practical work. We have been trying to produce apples as good as other apples, but we have not tried to produce seedless apples or seedless plums.

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May 17, 1905