Mr. H. J. BARBER (Fraser Valley):
wish to direct the attention of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) and also
Valuation of Imported Strawberries
of the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Euler) to a matter of very great importance to the strawberry growers of British Columbia. I am advised that local berries will be on the market in a few days, and within the next few weeks a number of cars will be available for marketing. I have here a telegram from Mission City signed by the following concerns: Fruit and Mercantile Exchange, Limited; Wilson Fruit and Produce Company; Central Fruit Distributors, Limited; Mapleridge Co-operative Exchange; Japanese Consolidated Farmers' Exchange.
These concerns represent about 2,000 growers and in their telegram they indicate that there is likely to be a heavy dumping of American berries on the Canadian market. They advise me that they have wired the Minister of Agriculture requesting that a fair market value be fixed on imported berries at 12 cents per pound. I believe other wires have also been sent from other parts of British Columbia. The reply of the minister, as handed to me, is to the effect that he had forwarded these inquiries to the Minister of National Revenue with suggestions that an opportunity be taken at the earliest possible date to discuss them. This is a very important matter; it means the difference be' tween success and failure.
Subtopic: VALUATION OF IMPORTED STRAWBERRIES