April 5, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Thomas Chisholm

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. CHISHOLM.

What is right and honourable, and just should be law. Now, the government appoint Inspectors to inspect meat. They do that for the benefit of the general public. The government, representing the general public, pay these inspectors, and it is through them that the general public receive the benefit. Those who receive the benefit should pay the cost. The government, in appointing inspectors, have gone a certain distance. Any one who employs another person to do work for him, whether the government or an individual, is responsible for what that servant may do under their instructions. When an animal is condemned, there may be considerable difficulty in knowing to whom it belonged in the first place. It is utterly im-IKissible that one hog among 400 or 500 can be traced to the farmer from whom it was purchased. Even if that could be done, a farmer who had any suspicion that the animal was diseased, would not offer it for sale to a drover who would be likely to take it to a point where it would be inspected. The result is that diseased animals are retained on the farm. In that way the present practice really results in propagating disease, because the animal thus retained by the farmer is sold to the local butcher, and by the local butcher to the people of the neighbourhood. Thus meat for export is being inspected while the meat being sold to our Canadian citizens is not being inspected.

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