February 9, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Chisholm

Conservative (1867-1942)


In the county which I have the honour to represent a great many apples go to waste every year, because the growers pick the apples and leave them on the ground in piles awaiting the buyers who are to classify them and put them into barrels. It has been very difficult to get barrels, and the result has been that many apples have been frozen on the ground. The farmers could make the boxes themselves and avoid delay and loss caused by waiting for barrels. It is important that this question of boxes should be settled as soon as possible. I am satisfied that many thouands of dollars' worth of apples were lost in the county I represent last year, because the farmers were not able to take care of them themselves. And I would suggest that more fruit inspectors be sent out to instruct the farmers in this matter. I would further like to suggest that some arrangement be made as soon as possible to avoid such an enormous loss. If our farmers had an idea of the size and the kind of boxes required, they would jpp doubt be in a position shortly to make the boxes themselves, and it would be well to have a standard box, not merely for export, but also for our internal trade, for we have [DOT] a great market in our own country, especially in the Northwest.

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