March 27, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The situation is somewhat different to-day. I am sure the hon. member for Haldimand realizes, as we all do who are interested in the marketing of live stock, that the rush period of deliveries comes in the fall of the year so far as western Canada is concerned, and there is probably also a rush delivery in the spring of the year in the eastern part of Canada where cattle are grain fed. But the period of which I was speaking was the rush period of last fall, when it was natural that we should be considering the plants at St. Paul rather than in the eastern part of the United States. I presume that a similar situation might develop in the spring of this year, although it has not up to the present moment. Last fall we were not able to get all the hogs and cattle we had coming to market through our plants at the time they should go through. At the present time our plants are not running to capacity with live stock coming in, and for that reason I would say there would be less likelihood than there was last fall of anyone asking that we should ship our live stock to the United States for processing of meats on their way to Britain. We can probably put all that will come for-word in a short period of time through our own plants, and for that reason more meat can be got to Britain by keeping our own plants fully occupied than could be if we shipped more to the United States and kept our own plants only partly busy.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION IN RESPECT OF SHIPMENTS FROM CANADA TO THE UNITED STATES
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