Mr. A. ZIMMERMAN (Hamilton).
The hon. gentleman (Mr. Marshall) has not advanced one argument why the respectable and responsible Canadian wholesale dealers who have advertised and established the reputation of their labels for the past thirty years should not be allowed to use them as in the past. I can readily understand that the Canadian canners which the hon. gentleman represents would derive very great advantage from a law which provided that the name of the canner should be on the label. Now, the first object and design of this law is to protect the public. That is the object of the Act. The wholesale dealers -always had canneries of their own until of late years when they have sold them out to the Canadian canners who have some thirty-five or forty canneries under their company at the present time. Two or three of these canneries have worked up great names for themselves in the past, but the public have no guarantee that they are getting the goods of these particular canneries even when they ask for them ; the Canadian canners can take the canned goods of any of their canneries and place on them the name of the favourite cannery.
As to the question of responsibility, we know that the wholesale grocers are among the most substantial business concerns in Canada, much more responsible than many of the small packers. If the wholesale grocers are compelled to put the name of the canners on the goods, the effect would be to practically wipe out the whole business of the small canner as it would not pay the wholesale dealer to have his labels printed except in large quantity, and if the name of the cannery must be put on, then the wholesaler would practically be compelled to purchase his goods from the Canadian canners. In the past the wholesale
grocers have bought their canned goods from perhaps a dozen different canneries under their own special supervision. They are bound to have their goods of the very highest quality, and when the wholesale grocers put their own names on the cans it is a guarantee to the public that they are getting first class goods.
Subtopic: MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT-AMENDMENT.