Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, so far as the Eggs Marks Act of British Columbia may come under federal jurisdiction, I think there is no objection to the resolution. For the last eight or ten years every egg-exporting country has been making commendable efforts to improve the quality of its product. In Canada the first effort I recall was during the war-I think part of the time under the old Canada Food Board-with good results; but that applied only I think to export eggs. This resolution is restricted to imported eggs, and the main purpose is that of identifying the country of
origin, so that the source of all imported eggs will be known, this information appearing on the egg itself, on the container, and on a placard to be displayed where the eggs are retailed. Having regard, however, to the fact that some of the regulations we introduced three years ago are not yet sufficiently known to warrant any change-it is generally accepted that any regulation should be in force for two or three years at least to give it a fair trial- it is not the intention of the government to make any changes in those regulations until another year has elapsed.
With that understanding, and with the further understanding that we would not incorporate any provincial law inconsistent with federal jurisdiction, there can be no objection to this resolution going through.
Subtopic: PROPOSED APPLICATION TO DOMINION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ACT