Hon. J. D. REID (Minister of Customs):
The statement is correct. The Department of Agriculture has been notified by the United States authorities, as intimated in that despatch. A carload of potatoes shipped to Boston was condemned by the United States inspectors. Some hon. gentleman considered the potatoes all right, and purchased and shipped them to Cuba. The Department of Agriculture, feeling that the American inspectors were not justified in condemning the potatoes, sent an inspector to Boston for the purpose of thoroughly looking into the matter. The inspector has not reported yet, but I shall be very glad
to let the hon. gentleman see his report when it is received.