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

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

We have subsidized cooperative cold storages and other plants which provide accommodation to the public, but packing house storages are operated for the benefit of the packing houses, and we do not subsidize them.
In reply to the suggestion of the hon. member for Lanark, I may say that the greater part of the bacon exported is our best bacon. We export 45 per cent of the bacon from inspected plants. A statement I have before me indicates that in 1938 grade A bacon formed 90'5 per cent of our exports to Great Britain, and that is our highest grade. The difficulty is not so much in regard to the quality of the bacon; it is in regard to the sizes. The British market requires sizes that we are not able to furnish in the proportion they would like; that is, sizes from 55 to 60 and 60 to 65. Our supplies are too great in some of the other groups. That is our difficulty, rather than anything in connection with quality.
The other difficulty is the one I mentioned a moment ago. Our bacon has sold within two shillings of the best Danish bacon, but that was at a time when we were not supplying the market we had previously developed in Great Britain. What we are doing now is to try to convince a greater and greater number of people each year that Canadian bacon is just as good as any other.

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