May 10, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)


My understanding is that originally 90 pounds was the standard whether by law or practice or custom. Certain representations were made to the government some years ago and a change was made for the province of Quebec. I have nothing to say about that; possibly it was a good thing then. The complaint comes now, not from Quebec alone, but from Ontario, that there is no uniform bag. There is now an interchange of products between Quebec and Ontario. Quebec potatoes find a market in Toronto, for example, and I can understood that it is not in the best interests of either the buyer or seller that potatoes coming from Quebec should be a bag of 80 pounds and coming from Ontario a bag of 90 pounds. But I do say that the original practice was to sell 90 pounds to the bag of potatoes and if a change was made reducing it to 80 pounds for one province it does not occur to me that it would be very much in the interest of the people, particularly the province of Ontario, that 80 pounds should be adopted for the rest of the country. I repeat

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