April 29, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


John Allister Currie



That may be the practice on sidewalks and other work in which it is not necessary to have standard cement, but throughout the whole of the United States the standard laid down in the text-books is the standard laid down by the Bureau of Standards, and that is the weight laid down in this Bill. The two parties who are going to suffer on account of short weight in cement are not the hon. gentlemen who want to have this section thrown out, they are the public and the dealer. If I ask a dealer to sell me five barrels of cement, I shall certainly insist on getting that weight, but the cement companies will short-weight the dealer five pounds to the sack. Is that fair to the dealer? I say, it is not. A man who does not know enough to weigh his cement will suffer, and not the dealer. The reason for standardization is apparent. We have standardized in almost everything now, and there is no reason why cement should not be standardized. Why should one company which plays the game honestly, which manufactures cement and puts it into bags to the proper weight, have to compete with a concern which is shortweighting everybody? Short-weighting in cement should be stopped so far as the farmers and the rest of the people are concerned. It means a great loss. The people do not get full value for ten per cent of the cement that is sold.

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