Mr. J. A. CURRIE.
He should get the English buyers, and the buyers of the world to agree with him on that point. The apples from the upland in Grey, over to the Georgian bay are known as Georgian bay fruit in the apple markets in England and Scotland, and bring the be3t price, except the handpicked apples from British Columbia. These are facts that cannot be gainsaid, and it ill becomes the hon. member for Grey to speak as he did. I consider that comparisons of this kind are very odious, as we used to write at the head of our copy books, and I am surprised that the Minister of Agriculture would begin making comparisons as between the products of different sections of the country when they are not borne out by the facts. Does the minister not think it w.ould be better, instead of bringing in a Bill providing for an inspection of, at the most, a casual kind, to stop the importation of seedlings or fruit trees, except those of a special kind that should be admitted by special instructions of the Department of Agriculture? We all
know that some years ago the black knot was introduced in that way, and it has destroyed all the plum and cherry trees, and is to-day to be found in the wild trees along the roadside. Moths of various kinds, the San Jose scale, and other pests have been introduced, and the only way to prevent this is to prevent the importation of seedlings. We can produce plenty of them in this country, and if we keep out the foreign seedlings and grafts of trees of this kind we will be doing the farmers a great benefit. The fruit growers can buy Canadian trees as cheaply as American. The only reason they buy in the United States is because they get the trees cheaply, and to prohibit the importation of seedlings would encourage the nursery business, especially in the province of Quebec, where, I believe, they could grow better nursery stock than can be grown in New York state or any state where they produce this stock. Shut them out for a given time, five or ten years.
Subtopic: INSECTS, PESTS AND DISEASES ACT.