April 11, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I have not the figures here, and I do not know even that we have the figures available in the department, showing how much of the export comes from these two provinces. In the Trade and Navigation Returns, we have the export from the several ports, but then it must be remembered that the great bulk of the products from Montreal and westward and even from Quebec and westward, are exported from the port of Montreal, and the Trade and Navigation

Returns do not indicate the province or origin of the goods. But I may say, in general terms, that, of the butter exported from Montreal nearly all goes from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Last year there was a little of North-west and Manitoba butter exported from Montreal. For a year or two there was scarcely any export of this kind, the great bulk of the western butter going to British Columbia and the Yukon and some little to Japan. But, during the season just jjassed, the trade there did not absorb the whole of the territorial and Manitoba production, and some was sent to Montreal and exported to Great Britain. Of the maritime provinces butter and cheese a certain proportion sometimes comes to Montreal. That depends on so many things that it is difficult to exactly gauge it. The Montreal merchants engaged in this business handle the great bulk of this trade for the country, and they buy in the maritime provinces as well as in Quebec and Ontario. Sometimes they ship direct from Halifax and other ports, but sometimes they bring the butter and cheese to Montreal and keep them in cold storage until they are ready to ship. We do not know to what extent each province contributes, so, I fear it will be impossible to give the hon. gentleman the information in greater detail.

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