May 17, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Thomas Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMPSON:

One of the most alarming features in connection with the bacon trade is the poor quality of bacon Canada is putting on the British market. It seems that we consume the best qualities of our bacon at home, where nearly ninety per cent of our production is consumed, and that a poorer quality is shipped overseas. At least it is a fact that our bacon takes only fourth or fifth place in the British market. Consequently it is sold for a good deal less than it should be, and that has a tendency to regulate the price of hogs in this country. I think there should be stricter grading and stricter supervision: of the bacon we export. We can never hope to build up a market in Great Britain until we supply a high grade of bacon. Quantity and quality are the two things that will spell success to the bacon hog raisers of Canada. We must arrange for a continuous supply of high grade bacon; and until there is better supervision of our exports, so that we can place on the British market bacon that will compete with the Danish, Irish and English bacon, we can never hope to get the price for our bacon that we should receive.

Topic:   LIVE STOCK AND POULTRY
Subtopic:   SUPERVISION OVER STOCKYARD OPERATIONS- GRADING, INSPECTION AND MARKETING
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