Mr. J. E. ARMSTRONG (East Lambton):
I desire to ask the Minister of Agriculture a question. I have received a communication in regard to this matter which reads as follows:
I understand that Australian and New Zealand butter is being sold in Canada in such a way that the consumer thinks he is getting the Canadian made product. I am informed that one of the government inspectors in western Ontario said that butter from Australia and New Zealand is being sold in London and St. Thomas in the same wrappers that the dealers formerly used in wrapping Canadian butter, the only difference being that the registration number is not printed on the wrapper of the imported article. Thus suppose the creameries were wrapping butter under a wrapper with "Rose Brand" on it the creamery has now to place their own registration number on it, namely, 860. But if we wrapped Australian butter we could use the same wrapper except that we would eliminate the registration number 860.
I desire to ask the government if they have issued' instructions to their inspectors to tell vendors of Australian 'butter that they may use the same wrappers as heretofore, but that they must ship in plain boxes and not use the creamery registration number either on the boxes or on the wrappers.
Subtopic: SALE OF AUSTRALIAN BUTTER