May 29, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Before the item passes, I should like to put on record information that I promised to produce to-day. The apparent difference between the information produced by the former Minister of Agriculture and that produced by the hon. member for South Hastings (Mr. Tummon) was due to the fact that it was obtained from two different sources. There are two different organizations: one known as the agricultural branch of the bureau of statistics, and the other the dairy branch of the Department of Agriculture. Each of these issues estimates as to the production of milk
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year by year, on a different basis. The discrepancy betwen the estimates- became so marked about the year 1928 that the agricultural branch of the bureau of statistics revised their method of making their estimates. This revision was published in the December bulletin of 1929 and it was due to that report that the hon. member for South Hastings made the statement that the agricultural branch of the bureau of statistics had gone back over the preceding years to 1925 and increased the record of the number of pounds of milk produced during those years. I have the information under my hand, as follows:
Year
1925
1927
First
estimate
pounds
Revised
estimate
pounds
12,318,537,907
12,651,388,490
13,407.340,257
13.060,242,293
14,386,103,567
14,591,873,188
14,825,821,086
14,512,897,961

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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