May 1, 1925

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The present moment is

not a good time for precipitating this in the House. I presume all the minister wants is to get it to the committee.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I have discussed it

on the estimates before and the ex-Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Tolmie) is quite agreeable to it.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

If the minister will give the House the assurance that the hon. member for Victoria City approves it?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Yes, and I will

give the further assurance that I will refer

all these bills to the committee on Agriculture so that they will come back to the House.

Motion agreed to and the House went into committee, Mr. Gordon in the chair:

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

This is merely to

legalize what we are doing already, where a creamery individual persists in breaking the law, that is in adulterating either butter or cheese. Reports have come back from Great Britain that a few of our exports of butter and cheese have been adulterated. It sometimes pays the offender better to pay the fine than to stop the adulteration, and we want authority to refuse to grade these articles because we find that is very effective. We are doing this now, but somebody may challenge our right and we want to have that right.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Does the minister assure us that the hon. member for South Oxford (Mr. Sutherland) is in favour of this legislation too?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I think he is. He is a good dairyman.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Motherwell, thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 72, to amend the Dairy Produce Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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THE MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT, 1907, AMENDMENT


Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the House go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to amend The Meat and Canned Foods Act, chapter 27, of the statutes of 1907, by providing,- (a) That, for the purposes of the act, canned foods shall include foods that have been preheated, cooked, preserved, condensed, evaporated, dehydrated, dried or otherwise processed or prepared for food, and are placed in any closed can, bottle, package or container; (b) That all canned fruit or vegetables or products thereof, or any food or food products which may be named by the Governor in Council, shall be offered for sale only in such cans or other containers as the Governor in Council may by regulations prescribe, and such cans or containers must contain the quality, quantity or weight prescribed by the regulations. Motion agreed to and the House went into committee, Mr. Gordon in the chair.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I think we have rushed

through about as much business as we are justified in passing to-day. I do not like to take too much responsibility in this regard. Can the minister say that lhe has discussed this matter with the hon. member (Mr. Tolmie)?

Meat and Canned Foods Act

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No, I did not discuss it with him but he is quite familiar with the act. This is not a new law; it was administered 'by his department. The amendment merely proposes to Change the basis of the can from so many cubic inches to a specific weight.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It is impossible for one not recently connected with agriculture- and my very close connection with it ceased a little while ago-to measure the real importance of a resolution of this kind. Probably there are hon. members who can, but there are some hon. gentlemen who ought to be here when such a resolution is being considered and who are not now present.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I may tell the hon.

gentleman that I intend to ask that all these bills shall go to the Agricultural committee after the second reading. Thereafter they will come 'back here and go through committee of the Whole.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I Shall be prepared to

let this resolution have the second reading but I hope that the government will not ask us to pass any other measures to-day.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Does the reference to

canned foods in this resolution include canned salmon or canned fish generally?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No, that comes

under the Minister of Health.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Will the minister make

sure of that?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I will.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Motherwell thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 73 to amend the Meat and Canned Foods Act, 1907.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the House adjourned at 6.50 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 1925

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May 1, 1925