October 13, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


James Moffat Douglas


Mr. JAMES M. DOUGLAS (East Assini-boia) moved :

That the House do concur in the eighth and final report of the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization and especially that 40,000 copies of the evidence of the inspector of binder twine lie printed forthwith in pamphlet form in the usual numerical proportions of English and French as advance sheets

of the committee's final report for distribution to members of parliament, less 100 copies for the use of the committee.
He sail : I may remark that this number is in excess of what has been asked on other subjects, but the report of the Dominion inspector has been of special interest. He provides information of vast moment in protecting the farmers against fraud in the quantity and quality of the twine they purchased as indicated in the consumption of the year 1902, valued at $3,500,000. The inspector stated in his evidence that in fourteen cases he imposed fines amounting to $518 for shortage in the quantity indicated by the labels, and had $275,000 worth deported to the manufacturer in the United States, and that a quantity was confiscated to the Crown. These violations of the Binder Twine Act of 1902 were almost wholly found with the imported article. The consumption of binder twine in Canada for 1902 is estimated at 14,000 tons, of which 6,500 was of home manufacture, making over 50 per cent supplied by importation. Here again is evidence of the large expansion awaiting the output of twine factories in Canada.

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