July 4, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Thomas Reid



I have a question I should
like to ask in connection with paragraph (e) of subsection 1. A great deal has been heard this afternoon about producers, but very little has been said about consumers, and I should like to make some observations concerning the consumers of British Columbia, and to ask the Prime Minister why that province should be included in the bill. I could see no great harm in its being left out. When one realizes that in the year 1930 the yield in Ontario was over 20,000.000 bushels while in British Columbia it was only a little over 1,000,000 bushels one is at a loss to understand why British Columbia should be included and Ontario left out. Then the point of view of the consumer has not been considered. British Columbia is a consuming province; we consume more than we produce. In ordinary years the poultry industry of our province uses between 8,000,000 and 10,000,000 bushels of wheat from the prairie provinces, but we produce only a little more than 1,000000 bushels. Upon looking over the bill I am wondering what will happen to the poultry producers of the Fraser Valley if a price above the world price is set. I venture to say that we would have an unjust condition if the province of British Columbia were

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called upon to pay a set price higher than the world price, when we are shouldered with a freight rate twice as high as that enjoyed by Ontario and other provinces.

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