Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Lincoln was so busy asking a question of my colleague beside me that I am not sure whether I caught the hon. member's question or not, but I happen to have had placed before me since coming into the House the paragraph that he has read from the Toronto Mail and Empire. With respeit to the announcement or statement alleged to have been made by Mr. Todd before the agricultural committee of the Ontario House, my hon. friend will notice that the word " may " is used there:
An important change in the hog grading system which has prevailed in Canada for the past five years may be made, as result of altered conditions.
The article also states that the Dominion government was asked to call a conference. That is not correct. When it was learned by the department that certain changes were contemplated by the packers, a departure we thought from the arrangement made in 1921, I at once took the responsibility of calling a conference of those who participated in the original conference in November, 1921, together with representatives of some additional organizations that have come into existence since then. Consequently a conference has been called, not to declare any new policy but rather to permit these various representatives to confer with each other and find out what changes, if any, were necessary due to the altered conditions in the world markets with respect to the grading of bacon.
Subtopic: HOG GRADING SYSTEM