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

LIB

William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

I am under the impression that there is a law in the province of Ontario fixing the weight of a bag of potatoes at 90 pounds. I can see that it would be a nice thing to have a uniform standard for the whole Dominion. But I think if the weight is changed from 90 to 80 pounds it will cause a great deal of confusion and inconvenience in the province of Ontario. There is another thing that strikes me. Suppose you fix the weight at 80 pounds. People have been accustomed to look upon a bag of potatoes as containing a bushel and a half, and in a bushel and a half there are six pecks. Now six pecks divides readily in 90 pounds, giving 15 pounds to a peck, and merchants who frequently sell potatoes by the peck would be put to inconvenience if the weight was changed to 80 pounds to the bag.

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