March 26, 1934

MARKETING ACT

ORGANIZATION TO IMPROVE METHODS AND PRACTICES IN MARKETING NATURAL PRODUCTS


Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That, it is expedient to bring in a measure to improve the methods and practices of marketing of natural products in Canada and in export trade, and to provide for a dominion marketing board, the remuneration of the members thereof and of assistants and employers, and to authorize payment to the board of such sums of money as may be necessary for the purposes of the proposed legislation.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

I believe that at the close of the sitting on Friday last it was indicated that the first order of business would be the relief bill. But if it be convenient to take up order number 17 first it would enable the house to see the printed bill as soon as the first reading is given. As the bill is already printed it might be desirable to proceed in that way, without in any way lessening anybody's rights.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

If it will expedite matters the opposition is quite agreeable to have the house proceed in that order.

Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Morand in the chair.

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LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

I think this is an opportune time for the minister to give us details of what he intends to do under the proposed bill.

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I feel that no purpose would be served by attempting to go into the details of the matter now, for no matter what interpretation I might give, hon. members when they have the bill before them, might wish to give another interpretation. Therefore I think it desirable that the matter be expedited so that the bill be placed before them for their own study and consideration.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

This matter of the establishment of a marketing board has been in the minister's mind now for over three years, and I have no doubt discussed quite fully by the government in council and so should be fairly well prepared for complete incubation by this time. I therefore do not feel like delaying it much, because there are farmer representatives here who have been waiting anxiously for the last two months to get a peep at this bill before they return home prior to the Easter recess. Therefore any delay on my part would be just aggravating the delay that has already occurred. I might however, point out that some explanation might be made as to what "natural products'' includes. Does it include processed or semi-processed commodities? Does it include bacon, cheese and other products which strictly speaking are not natural products because they have been processed? If the marketing bill does not include these products it would be looked upon by many as quite incomplete. Two years ago, when the minister's estimates were up, I indicated that I was favourably disposed to the proposition of an export marketing board, and I am still of that opinion, but I think the minister might give us a little inkling of what is contained in the bill and its main principles. We do not know when the bill will be brought down.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It will be introduced as soon as the resolution is through.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Then perhaps I had better wait patiently for the bill.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I think it is usual in a matter of this kind for the minister to supply us with some information; otherwise this becomes a purely formal matter. We are not generally asked to accept a pig in a poke, to use an old phrase; we should have some intimation as to what really is the scope of this bill.

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The bill is printed and it is intended to move the first reading as soon as the resolution is reported. Then hon. members will have the bill before them for consideration. The explanation of the bill itself is pretty well covered, in a general way, in the resolution. It has to do with the marketing of natural products. There have been many discussions in this house in connection with the marketing of natural products, and questions have been raised as to whether or not the farmer received a fan-proportion of the price paid by the consumer. The question also has been raised as to the control of the rate at which products should go forward. It is the purpose of this bill to take what steps may be deemed advisable to make it possible, by cooperation with the trade and the producers, to have a greater proportion of the money spent by the consumer go to the producer.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Then may I ask one other question. Is it contemplated that this bill will dovetail with provincial bills that we may expect to have passed?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Yes.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

I should like to ask the minister the same question that was asked by the ex-Minister of Agriculture. This bill deals with natural products, such as wheat, cattle, pigs, sheep and so on, but does it deal with such things as flour, bran, shorts, bacon, ham, mutton, beef and articles partly processed?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Natural products and those partially processed.

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Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

It does not deal with butter and cheese?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Yes.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

The horticultural council

passed a resolution in favour of setting up a dominion marketing board for fruit. I should like to ask the minister whether this is the board or w-hether a separate marketing board is t* be set ip for the marketing of fruit.

CMr. Motherwell.l

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I am sure hon. members will agree that this will be best explained when the bill is introduced. Full consideration has been given the recommendations of the horticultural council in the drafting of the bill.

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March 26, 1934