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.
Topic: GRADING OF DAIRY PRODUCE