Reverting to the importation of plants through the post office, I understand there were certain abuses with regard to inspection on the other side. Do I understand there is no more inspection in Great Britain?
What progress is the department making with the corn borer? Is it gaining at all? Is it scattering into new territory, or is it still pinned down to those counties in Ontario where it existed a few years ago?
has appeared as far east as Kemptville. It is spreading into new territory, although in the older territory, for instance down in Essex county, I understand, restrictive measures have been employed with success, in co-operation with the farmers, and by cutting the ensilage corn at a different period, a great many insects have been destroyed going into the silo. Employing cultural methods, such as late fall plowing and deep plowing, are also considered to be quite helpful.
Nature can sometimes be helped out a little by supplying parasites for particular kinds of pests. For instance, the grasshopper has a parasite that I think is somewhat helpful in destroying it; the corn borer has a parasite; and we are helping to combat pests by the introduction of these parasites. In this particular case the experiment is so recent that we are not, as yet, able to tell the result. It is hoped, however, that the parasite employed will multiply itself rapidly and assist us in exterminating the pest.
Yes, the pussy cat. I repeat, it may seem a rather trifling thing to mention the little birds we find on our prairies, but they are the greatest insect destroyers and the greatest friends that the farmer has anywhere. I want to urge all the farmer members of this House to do all they can to preserve the bird1 life around their farms and their homes.
of discussion to enter upon ait the present time, but I assure my hon. friend that I would attach more importance to poison in getting rid of rats than I would to cats. Of course, the birds to which I refer are the insect eating birds. They are the species that I am anxious to preserve. Anyone who has studied this question and Teams the number of insects that one insect eating bird will destroy even in a day realizes the importance of preserving the bird life of the country. Man is altering the balance of nature by destroying certain species of life. When you
destroy bird life of this character you give insect life a tremendous advantage and an opportunity to propagate. As has been, already said, unless some check on the growth of insects is maintained, very soon all animal life would be destroyed. It is a very strong statement to make but it is true. And it is only by these checks of which I have spoken that insect life is kept within bounds. Bird life is one of the best checks on dangerous insects that we have and that is why I want to see it maintained. I do not desire to take up time unduly and will simply close with this statement: Anyone who lives in the country and takes an interest in bird life, in their habits and methods of living, will derive a knowledge that will make his life richer and happier.
this is the proper place to bring up the subject of bee keeping or not. If not, I should like to know under what item the matter can be brought up. I have received a communication from my city to-day asking me to use my influence with the Department of Agriculture to prevent the importation of foul brood in bees. I want to bring that matter to the attention of the minister. The communication referred to is from the Portage la Prairie Bee Keepers' Association and it reads as follows:
I have been instructed by the Portage Bee Keepers' Association to ask you to use y( Ur influence in having laws passed that will prevent the importation and spread of foul brood and othei diseases among bees.