May 8, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I submit that this committee should consider every possible use that could be made of this measure. If I may, I would like to illustrate one of the many ways in which this measure may react so far as producers themselves are concerned. As the Minister of Agriculture pointed out this evening, the term "natural product" has not been given the wide interpretation which it has in this bill without some reason on the part of the ministry. If the ministry had in mind only the interests of the farmers, they would have brought in a bill confined to the agricultural industry and to the producers in the agricultural industry. Here is the definition of natural product:
"Natural product" means any product of agriculture or of the forest, sea, lake or river, and any article of food or drink wholly or partly manufactured or derived from any such product;
The other day I cited a number of articles which might be manufactured from these primary products. In fact all manufactures

Marketing Act
are nothing more than primary products processed on a few stages. The scope of this measure is broad enough to take in practically most of the necessaries that are manufactured in the country as well as those that are produced. I see my hon. friend shaking his head, but there is in the interpretation clause of the bill the definition of a natural product.

Topic:   MARKETING ACT
Subtopic:   ORGANIZATION TO IMPROVE METHODS AND PRACTICES IN MARKETING NATURAL PRODUCTS
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