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

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I have checked all the records that have come from the other side and all the records we have here, and now that the question has been raised, I think 1 should say all the records show that there has been more meat consumed in the United States per head of population than there has in Canada. I think that fact should be made known not only in this country but in the United States. There has been so much discussion of this question by people who have not the facts before them that I am afraid some people may have got a wrong impression. The people of the United States appear to have the idea that we consume a much greater quantity of meat in this country in relation to our population than they do. That is not the fact. Their own statistics coming here indicate that while the figures for the two countries are approximately the same, the consumption per head of population has been slightly higher on the other side of the line than in Canada.
The fact remains that on the other side of the line they have a greater difficulty in equalizing the distribution than we have on this side. We have only five or six large cities, while they have a very considerable number of large cities, some of them much larger than ours. On this side of the line we have followed the practice, when there has been a threatened shortage in Toronto, let us say, of shipping meat in and paying the freight on it from some other part of Canada, to make meat available in the shortage area. To apply that same idea to the United States would perhaps be a little more difficult. Nevertheless that practice has resulted in a more equitable distribution of meat in this country, with a lesser per capita consumption that there is in the United States.

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