September 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. D. HENDERSON (Halton).

Blr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are

called, I desire to call attention to an interview which appears in the Toronto ' News ' of Saturday last, with Mr. W. T. R. Preston, the Canadian Commissioner of Immigration, containing a statement which I think is calculated to do a very material injury to a very important product of Canada ; and, representing as I do an agricultural constituency, I desire to draw the attention of the Minister of Agriculture to this statement, in the hope that he will take the earliest opportunity of refuting it, if lie considers it desirable so to do, in the interest of the people of this country. The particular statement to which I refer is this :
There were certain standard supplies which were relied upon in the British market, and which the people had implicit confidence in, because the people who exported them were honest and maintained the .standard set. In this class of goods were Danish butter and New Zealand butter and fruit. In fact, Mr. Preston stated that he used New Zealand butter upon his own table every morning, because it could be depended upon, and Canadian butter could not. Some might certainly be depended upon, but the good was reckoned with the bad, and there should be no bad.
To my mind this is a rather important statement, coming as it does from a gentleman occupying the high position which Mr. Preston does in England. No doubt this extract will be copied largely in the English papers, to the very great injury of the people of this country. I think the Minister of Agriculture should take some means of contradicting the statement, which I believe he can very properly do, because I do not apprehend for one moment that Canadian butter bears such a poor reputation in England as this gentleman's statement would imply.

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