Mr. WEIR (Melfort):
That is the purpose of this. I agree with the hon. member as to the difficulty with which the department has been confronted in trying to maintain stockyards as they have been built up, to give the very best service and at the same time not to impose any unnecessary hardship on farmers and cooperative societies who felt that it was more beneficial to them as individuals or groups of individuals to ship direct to the packers, thus obviating certain charges. On various occasions the federal department has been petitioned to establish in the packers' yards the same services as in the stockyards, but the objection to that was felt to be that if we did establish the same services in the packers' yards-that is, compulsory weighing and reporting, and in addition to that competition, where there would be buyers the same as in the^ public stockyards-we should be virtually giving the same service in the packers' yards as in the stockyards, and there would be no reason why the stock should go through the stockyards For that reason this part of the recommendation received very serious consideration. There was no lack of appreciation of what was in the minds of the members of the commission when they made the recommendation. It was felt that it might defeat the end which they were endeavouring to reach. The hogs going into the packers' yards are inspected exactly the same as in the stockyard. Cattle are not inspected in either case. But the purpose of this is so that we will be able,, if necessary, to protect the farmers with certified rates, and also that there will be available to the public through the officials of the marketing branch of the Department of Agriculture prices paid for hogs delivered directly to the packers' plants themselves, so that in this we have met what the hon. member for Melville feels is desirable and at the same time we have avoided doing that which we felt might be more destructive to the stockyards themselves.