Mr. Robert McCubbin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a short statement. Last night, in the course of discussion of Bill No. 17 in committee, the. hon. member for Souris (Mr. Ross) asked some questions as to the manufacture of oleomargarine in Canada. The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) answered and said that the manufacture of oleomargarine in Canada was better than 3 million pounds per month, making an approximate total of 40 million pounds for the year 1949. Some exception was taken to this statement, and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) asked that the matter be laid over, and requested that I make a statement today.
The total amount of oleomargarine manufactured in Canada last year was 73,958,000 pounds, and owing to the manufacture of oleomargarine the consumption of butter decreased in 1949 compared with 1948 to the extent of three and one-half million pounds per month, making a total of 42,345,461 pounds. It was this figure that the Minister of Agriculture used in his reply to the hon. member for Souris. The remainder of the oleomargarine either went into increased consumption or took the place of lard or shortening.
There were other questions asked by the hon. member for Brant-Wentworth (Mr. Charlton). Unfortunately I have not received yesterday's Hansard yet, and I am not sure of the exact questions. I will try to answer them later.
Subtopic: PRODUCTION IN 1949 AND EFFECT ON BUTTER CONSUMPTION