Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Acting Minister of Finance):
May I make an answer to the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Bruce), who in a question he asked yesterday inquired whether consideration would be given to the immediate removal of restrictions on the purchase of maple syrup and maple sugar.
The answer is that when rationing became necessary for preserves and sweeteners because of greatly increased demands and definite shortages of some items such as canned fruits, it was necessary that the general pool of sweeteners be dealt with as a whole and that each consumer be given an equal claim upon it. It would have been discrimination in favour of consumers of maple syrup if they had been able to purchase their maple syrup [DOT]without coupons and still have all their coupons to purchase other sweeteners or the alternative of sugar. In dealing with rationed commodities it is the policy of the wartime prices and trade board to treat all parts of Canada equally and to avoid discrimination in favour of any particular section or group of consumers. Accordingly as at present advised it is not the intention to remove maple syrup or maple sugar from the preserves ration.