William Cameron EDWARDS

EDWARDS, The Hon. William Cameron

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Russell (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 7, 1844
Deceased Date
September 17, 1921
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cameron_Edwards
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1731ef95-36db-4e61-9a7f-e27e0ed02f1c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, lumber merchant

Parliamentary Career

February 22, 1887 - January 9, 1888
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
May 7, 1888 - February 3, 1891
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 363)


June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

It was done at Montreal.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

The price of our cheese, as I have always understood, was fixed by the British Food Board on a basis which gave our producers two cents a pound more than that paid by the board for the total cheese output of New Zealand. At the same time, the definite and substantial price that was paid for our cheese had its effect, I

believe, in encouraging our farmers to put on their farms every cow they could carry. To what extent that influenced the export of cheese, I am not prepared to say. On looking at the figures I find that our exportable surplus of butter was greater last year than it was in any year of the war, but I believe our cheese exports have fallen.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

Yes. Now, if we assume, in connection with cheese, that there would be only half a cent per pound difference in price between grade No. 2 and grade No. 1, it is easy to calculate the actual loss to Ontario producers on grade No. 2. This would amount to $40,000, and to Quebec producers, the difference between the prices obtained would total, on the figures I have given, $98,000.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

Perhaps I may be permitted to say a few words in regard to this

Bill, inasmuch as last session I introduced a resolution for the standardization or grading of Canadian butter and cheese for export. That resolution, I am glad to say, was received with favour by hon, gentlemen on both sides of the House, and the Bill which is now before Parliament is the Bill which the Minister of Agriculture intimated last session he would introduce along the lines indicated in my resolution, if the dairy interests of Canada in the meantime gave any indication to the Government that they wished such legislation to be brought down. Since last session the dairy interests have given that indication to the minister. The Eastern Ontario Dairymen's Association and the Western Ontario Dairymen's Association have unanimously passed resolutions asking for this legislation, and I believe that associations in the province of Quebec have also indicated their desire for the proper grading of butter and cheese for export.

I would like to point out to the hon. gentleman (Mr. Beland) that he is wrong in stating that our exports of butter have been on the decline. Our exports of butter in 1914 were 1,228,753 pounds; 1915, 2,724,914 pounds; 1916, 3,441,183 pounds; 1917, 7,990,435 pounds; the figure dropped in 1918 to 4,926,154 pounds, but rose again in 1919 to 13,659,157 pounds, and in 1920 to 17,646,235. The hon. gentleman will see that the figures very clearly indicate that our exports of butter are not on the decline, but that they have been increasing very materially from year to year.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

As far as I can obtain the information, II think that the statement made by the hon. gentleman himself a few moments ago was pretty close to the mark.

Our production of butter in Canada totals between 200,000,000 and 220,000,000 pounds a year. Three or four years ago our production was estimated to be about 203,000,000 pounds. But I fancy there has been an increase and I would put the average at 210,000,000 pounds a year.

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