March 9, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)


John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. REID (Minister of Customs):

When the Orders of the Day were called yesterday, I explained to the hon. member for Carleton, N.B. (Mr. Carvell), that I had instructed the Deputy Minister of Agriculture to send a special inspector. to Washington to investigate the claims made by the American officials with regard to the potatoes condemned at Boston. I discussed the matter with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture this morning and I find that the potatoes, after being condemned, were immediately purchased by some person in Boston and at once shipped to Cuba; so that when our inspector arrived at Boston to make his investigation the potatoes were not to be found. Mr. O'Halloran, the deputy minister, tells me that the potatoes were inspected by two United States federal inspectors. They condemned thd potatoes. They sent samples to Washington and the report of Mr. Orton, the plant pathologist of the Department of Agriculture in Washington confirmed their report. It was on this confirmation of their report that the potatoes were condemned. Mr. O'Halloran tells me that they are endeavouring to get samples of potatoes from Cuba, the country to winch they were shipped, and when they succeed in getting the samples v'e will be able to give a further report.

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