Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):
The hon. member for Compton (Mr. Blanchette) yesterday asked a question with regard to the report that there had been transferred to the United States an order for a million cases of condensed milk. I wish to answer as follows:
The dairy products board has no information of the transfer referred to. The ministry of food inquired about the purchases of a million cases of unsweetened condensed milk from Canada during the present fiscal year. However, they have stated that under no condition was there to be any large increase in unsweetened condensed milk sales to them if it would affect our available cheese supplies. Indications are that Canada will be in a position to supply approximately the same amount of unsweetened condensed milk to the ministry of food as was supplied last year and still take care of domestic and other export requirements. In 1940 the ministry of food purchased approximately 1,500,000 cases of such milk in the United States in addition to supplies from Canada and there is every reason to believe that the same will be done again this year.
Subtopic: REPORT AS TO TRANSFER TO THE UNITED STATES OF BRITISH ORDER FOR A MILLION CASES