December 13, 1910 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

No. of Sheep. 344,693 330,126 307,672 304,531
Compare these figures with those of other countries which are no better adapted to the sheep-raising industry and we will see how far our iprairie provinces are behind. Vyhen we look at the figures giving the number of sheep in the entire Dominion they demonstrate that the other provinces are doing no better in this respect than are the provinces in the west.
Total No. of Sheep in
Year. Canada.
1881
1901
1908
1910
3,155,509
3,048,678
2,563,781
2,510,239
2,783,219
2,831,404
2,705,390
2,598,470
It will be seen from these figures that in 1871 we had 3,155,000 sheep in all Canada and last year we had only 2,598,000. Canada is as suitable for sheep-raising as Australia, New Zealand, Argentine, or Montana or any of the other states of the union, and in my judgment there can be no reason for this falling off other than the policy of the present government in not giving that industry the support it ought. They first struck at it by the British preference which enabled the Canadian people last year to bring in over $22,000,000 worth of woollen goods which ought to have been made out of Canadian-grown wool, and the result of the government policy has been that 66 woollen mills in Canada are shut down (20 during the last year) the hands thrown out of employment and the machinery idle. The total number of cattle, sheep and swine in Canada will give an idea of how backward we are in the production of these animals compared with other countries which have not any greater capabilities than ours.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE LIVE STOCK INDUSTRY.
Subtopic:   EXPORTS OP AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND OTHER ANIMALS.
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