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


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


I think there must be something wrong about that, because my impression is that the provincial authorities have the right to make a law, and that such a law has been in existence for a long time. Why, I say that is because I remember very well many years ago I was in Toronto with a neighbour who was selling potatoes. They were weighed and sold by the bag. The total weight was divided by 90 to get the number of bags. At the same time there were potatoes sold by the bag that were not weighed at the time, but afterwards they were found to contain less than 90 pounds. My recollection is that ho threatened to lodge a complaint before the police magistrate, and the party was obliged to settle up. If there was no law I do not see how he could prosecute. Whether it was law or custom it was the common practice for the municipal authorities to make market regulations.

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