June 9, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)

PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Section 2 provides:
That no person shall sell or offer for sale any potatoes in any package in which the faced or shown surface gives a false representation of the contents of such package, that is when more than ten per centum of such potatoes are substantially smaller in size than, or inferior in grade to the faced or shown surface; and no person shall sell or offer for sale any potatoes so diseased or otherwise depreciated as to render them unfit for consumption.
This provision applies when more than ten per cent of such potatoes are substantially smaller in size or inferior in grade to the faced or shown surface. According to this bill the size is an indication of quality; evidently the larger they are the better the quality. Because the section states that if they are 10 per cent smaller in size than the face shows they are not up to grade. Last fall in the province of New Brunswick, in certain fields, the potatoes grew so large that the market would not take the large ones although they were sound and nice looking tubers. I know of one grower of potatoes who had as high as four barrels culled out of a load of sixteen barrels all over size, and he had to take them back because the market would not accept them. Yet

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according to this bill those big potatoes would be the standard for quality-potatoes that our market would not take at all. It is a good thing for the Government to act in this matter and I am pleased that it is moving in this direction. I think, however, that in a proper grading act we should set up some standard for each grade. For instance, in our province we have graders with a wire mesh by means of which we grade potatoes in three different sizes. Any potato that will not go through a mesh of 11 or 11 inches-I am not absolutely sure of the size-grades as No. 1 provided it is sound, free from blemish and so on. What goes through all inch mesh but will not go through a 11 inch mesh grades as No. 2, and what goes through a li inch mesh grades as No. 3. But in this resolution there is no definition of grade. As to size the resolution indicates that the bigger the potatoes the better the quality, which is not the fact. Another objection I see to it is this-

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