April 4, 1924

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Does the minister mean

that the importation of bees is prohibited now?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

-Yes, We found that the very infectious and dangerous disease called foul brood was spreading very rapidly, especially in Ontario. I think the committee will recall that we voted $5,000 last year on condition that the Ontario government would also give a similar grant for the extermination of this bacterial disease. In order to bring about that desirable result we find it

necessary, as a result of such requests as my hon. friend has just read, to prohibit importations of bees for the present until we can get this disease rounded up in our own country.

I do not know how long the embargo will be maintained, but it will be kept in force so long as there is danger of infection from the American side, or from any quarter, because this is not confined to the United States, it is an European disease. I understand this embargo was put into effect a few years ago against Great Britain.

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PRO

Robert Milne

Progressive

Mr. MILNE:

I wonder could the minister give us any idea how much was spent in cases of this kind last year?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

While that information is being looked up we can discuss some other subject. Does my hon. friend mean the steel cases the insects are put in?

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PRO
LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

They have to be

very carefully made and very close fitting, else these dead insects will be attacked by different species of life that succeed in getting through the crevices. For these reasons the making of these cases is very costly. However I will give my hon. friend all the information I possibly can. [DOT]

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CON

Simon Fraser Tolmie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TOLMIE:

What work is being carried on in British Columbia in connection with the eradication of mosquitoes, particularly in the valley of the Fraser river.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I understand we

have one officer in the Fraser valley who is studying this problem, which is a very old problem as the hon. gentleman knows, and a good deal of the contagion is supposed to be attributable to that source.

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LIB
LIB

William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

Is the minister serious in stating that he is trying to exterminate the mosquitoes of British Columbia?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I protest that this ought to be combined with the Flying staff.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

I have the Auditor

General's Report ending March, 1923, and I would like to ask in regard to this expenditure. What is the reason for buying three sleeping robes? Is it to keep the bugs warm? There is an item for eiderdowns, three silk tents and two silk tents, and so forth. Why is it necessary to make expenditures of that description?

Supply-Agriculture

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I understand this comes under the next vote. In the meantime we will have the item looked up.

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PRO

Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

I desire to have the information before the item carries. It is m the vote on entomology. The next item is Administration of the Destructive Insect and Pest Act." I would like information as to the cost of building these mahogany cases. It appears that two years ago $2,000 was expended under this item. 1 his year $3,500 is to be spent. Last year the item was unknown, but apparently the minister is going into it now. I think he will find that about $7,500 was spent the last three years for the casings for additions made annually to the collection of these bugs. I would like a little further explanation Why these casings cost so much. Would it not be better to do it a little cheaper? Can we not do away with the mahogany and replace with soft wood, and do away with the steel?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I understand these are very expensively constructed casings, because they have to be very tight and close-htting. The hon. member asks why mahogany or why steel? Well, there are certain qualities in wood that m their very nature are repelling to insect life. That is one of the reasons, of course. My hon. friend has heard of cedar being repelling. I do not know as much about mahogany as I do about cedar, but I presume it is the same thing.

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Henry Elvins Spencer

Progressive

Mr. SPENCER:

Which is the most expensive, mahogany or steel? Do 4 p.m. you sometimes use one and sometimes the other?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Steel cases are more expensive.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

What was spent last year on these cases?

for entomology is spent on insects that are of economic importance?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I understand about 95 per cent.

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Item agreed to. Administration of the Destructive Insect and Pest Act, 1310,000.


April 4, 1924