March 29, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

The suggestion is one I would have to consider a little before I accept it. This question of the definition of a closed package has been found one very difficult to solve. The intention of the Bill is that this should apply to packages In which the public purchasing the goods cannot fairly see and judge of the contents without opening the package. The difficulty which
my hon. friend from Wentworth (Mr. Smith) refers to arises from the fact that grapes are sometimes packed in baskets, which, if not opened, hardly show the quality of their contents. That is a point on which I am not able, on the spur of the moment, to give an opinion. But I thought that the whole intent and purpose of the Bill is covered by the definition here given of a closed package. The object of the Bill is to regulate the contents of a closed package, being a package in which the purchaser cannot examine for himself as he purchases, without turning it out or opening it, the character of the contents. I think the words here used fairly cover the definition.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-EMPLOYMENT OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE.
Subtopic:   INSPECTION OF FRUIT PACKAGES.
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