Before the minister brings in his Bill I would suggest that he provide against meats being kept in cold storage warehouses beyond a certain period. I trust the minister will provide in the Bill for giving the people of this country control over these cold storage warehouses, which I understand are the main factor in the tremendous increase in food prices. If the cold storage warehouses were compelled to market the goods they have in storage at stated periods, after being put in, instead of being allowed to carry them for two or three years, the people would get food a great deal cheaper. It is an injustice "to the public to permit such a monopoly as this to spring up. If the minister would look at the Acts that have been pased in the province of Victoria, Australia, I think he would find something to help him in framing an Act that would be of some benefit to the public. Canned goods, if properly canned, will last for ten years, but if not properly canned, they will not last ten days; that is the whole sum and substance -of the trouble. But this is to be borne in mind. A great quantity of the canned goods coming into this country are imported from other countries than the United States. A vast quantity of beef, for instance, have been imported from the Argentine Republic, and no doubt it is
still finding its way into this country. Eggs from iChina are also co-ming in, some of them twenty years old, no doubt. The minister should take these things into consideration and should be empowered to provide regulations from time to time to cover cases as they arise, such as the bad chicken that had to be cremated in Winnipeg. The minister in Australia has power to frame regulations and stop these abuses.
I know the Minister of Agriculture is desirous of doing everything he can to protect the public and we must all give him credit for his sincerity in that regard. I am sure he will be fearless in doing his duty.
iMr. CLEMENTS: Is it intended that
every manufacturer of canned goods shall have his monogram or the firm's name on every can of his product? I have heard a good deal said about cold storage warehouses this afternoon, and, am bound to say that if some of the gentlemen who have referred to cold-storage abuses had gone into the subject a little more fully, they would have realized the benefits of cold storage better than they do. The reason I ask the question is this-on the Pacific coast, and on the Atlantic coast too, there is a very great difference in the grades of fish caught at different places along the coast. A certain fish, whether it he a chum salmon, a dog salmon or a cohoe salmon, is of very much better quality in one section of the province of British Columbia than in another, and it would be very unfair for a manufacturer putting up chum or dog salmon along one section of the Pacific coast of British Columbia to have his pack compared with, say, a northern or a southern pack. I have always contended that the manufacturer should place his name or his firm's name on every can, whether it be in the province of British Columbia or in any other province, and I sincerely hope that the minister will see that every manufacturer of canned goods in Canada stands behind his own brand and has his name printed on every can in [DOT]his product.