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


Thomas Wakem Caldwell



I think you are absolutely unsound in prescribing the size of the barrel. In New Brunswick we haul potatoes to the local shipper in barrels. This bill would penalize a farmer for hauling his potatoes to market in barrels which were not of the regulation size. In New Brunswick we do not buy any potato barrels, but we buy our fertilizer in barrels, and those barrels are of various sizes. This bill would compel the farmer to throw away hundreds of barrels which he has at the present time, and which he uses for hauling his potatoes to the market. We sell potatoes by the barrel because barrels are convenient to handle and haul, and lift on to the cars, and so on. I do not wish to discuss this matter at any length. I hope I shall be able to attend the meetings of the committee when it sits, although I have two or three other committees to attend that are sitting at the present time.
There is another provision I wish to draw attention to, contained in Section 3. That section reads as follows:
That whenever any potatoes in any package are found so packed that the face or shown surface gives a false representation of the contents of the package, any inspector may confiscate such package which may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the minister may direct; and whenever any potatoes in any package are found to be falsely marked, the said inspector may mark the same "below grade" or efface such false marks and place the proper grade marks thereon; and the inspector shall give notice to the packer within twenty-four hours, of his action in regard thereto.
Now this resolution, and I presume the bill to be founded on it will follow it very closely, provides that if ten per cent of the potatoes in the package, below the surface, are under that surface size then the inspector may confiscate and destroy that package. It might well happen that on the surface of that package there would be these large potatoes that I have spoken of and that the market does not desire at all. The rest of the package may be of a smaller size than those on the surface and still be of better value. Yet with respect to that package of potatoes-it may even be a carload-the inspector is given absolute authority to confiscate and
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destroy it. I have no objection to the confiscation and destruction of potatoes that are unfit for food; but here the result may be the destruction of potatoes of good quality and grade. I am offering these suggestions to the minister so that in framing the bill he may overcome some of the objections enumerated. I do not believe in giving authority to any inspector to confiscate and destroy another man's property unless it would be unsafe to put that man's goods on the market as food.

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