I should like to refer for a moment to the suggestion made by the horn, member for Toronto (Mr. Thomas Foster), that this Bill does not go far enough. As I understand it, this Bill deals only with the inspection of foods intended for import or export, and it has perhaps escaped the attention of the Government that a great proportion of the meats consumed by the people of this country are not imported. In not only the smaller cities but the larger
cities as well a good proportion of the meat is slaughtered by the farmers in the country and is brought into the city markets and there disposed of to the consumer
Of that food, I think, there is absolutely no inspection and no guarantee that it is fit for human consumption. I am quite ready to admit that in most cases there can be no fault found with the kind of beef and pork that is brought into the markets of the cities. In the city of Kitchener, from which I come, the suggestion has been made at times that all foods brought into the city for sale should have some kind of inspection. We considered that matter for years, and were not able to find a solution, largely because the matter of inspection led to too great an expense, and placed a heavy burden either upon the farmer who produced the food, or else upon the consumer, and under present conditions, where foods are very expensive, and especially meats, perr haps it is not the time to deal with the matter. I would like to make the suggestion that if the Government could direct its attention to that phase of the matter, so that all meat which ordinarily would require in-specion should be inspected with possibly the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, I think a great service would be rendered to the consumers of the cities and towns. Perhaps this is not the place to make that suggestion, but I do so because the hon. gentleman from Toronto (Mr. Thomas Foster) mentioned it, and because I believe it is very well worth considering.
Topic: MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT AMEND MENT.