2. Yes. The dominion government was requested to relax the export controls on infested birch. This was refused because of the difficulty of differentiating between lumbei cut from infested trees and lumber cut from healthy ones and, also, the need of protecting Canadian consumers. Instead, a proposal was made to the government of Nova Scotia that if the cut of birch this year exceeded that of last year, 75 per cent of this excess could be exported. See also statements by the minister at page 2539 of Hansard for April 29, 1947.
Subtopic: DISEASE IN NOVA SCOTIA BIRCH