May 29, 1930

CON

Edward Armour Peck

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PECK:

Section 4 provides that any

person who sells or offers, exposes or holds in possession for sale in Canada maple sugar or maple syrup not complying with the standards prescribed by this bill shall be deemed to be guilty of a violation of the act. Any small farmer with a few gallons of maple syrup is forbidden to sell it unless it stands the test set out in the bill. How is the small producer going to test his syrup by these standards?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I understand there is a little instrument in use called a densimeter that registers the density of the syrup.

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

Will the minister's

deputy say that every producer has one of these densimeters?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No, but every considerable one has.

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CON

William Ernest Tummon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TUMMON:

How far does that go

"every considerable one"? A farmer with fifty trees may make a certain amount of syrup for his own use and sell a few gallons to a neighbour or to a town nearby, and he will be subject to these regulations.

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CON

Ira Delbert Cotnam

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COTNAM:

Are the small producers to be subject to all these regulations?

Maple Sugar Industry

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Mr MOTHERWELL:

I think the complaint is that the owners of small sugar bushes will not be able to get 'the proper analysis of their syrup in order to protect themselves. As far as that is concerned, under the regulations of the Department of Public Health sugars have to be of a certain quality to comply with the food laws. There is no change in that respect whatever.

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CON

Ira Delbert Cotnam

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COTNAM:

But the reference is to the small producer Who makes sixty or seventy gallons of maple syrup, uses a small quantity for himself and sells the surplus. Are all these regulations to be inflicted on him?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Has my hon. friend any suggestion to make superior to this? We have been working on this bill for two or three years before the agricultural committee, but we are still open to suggestions.

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CON

Thomas Erlin Kaiser

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAISER:

Could the minister give us some idea of the number of inspectors he will require?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

We will need only three or four in addition to the fruit inspectors that we already have.

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CON

William Ernest Tummon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TUMMON:

I may be living alongside another farmer who taps a hundred trees in the spring. He makes four or five gallons of maple syrup more than he needs for his own use. Could he sell that surplus to me or to another neighbour without coming under this bill?

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CON

Ira Delbert Cotnam

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COTNAM:

Suppose we go a little further, suppose the farmer brings his surplus maple syrup to a neighbouring market, will he be subject to these regulations?

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An hon. MEMBER:

Yes.

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LIB
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LIB

Section agreed to. Bill reported.


May 29, 1930