John Albert SEXSMITH

SEXSMITH, John Albert

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Peterborough East (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 22, 1866
Deceased Date
February 6, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Sexsmith
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ad0451f8-201a-48c3-839d-97e0eb97bd10&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Peterborough East (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Peterborough East (Ontario)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Peterborough East (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 89)


June 3, 1921

Mr. SEXSMITH:

Under our present

system the cheese is inspected in the factory. No cheese maker in my district will sell to any buyer without the product being inspected right there in the factory.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. SEXSMITH:

Yes, they are opposed to the measure, there is no doubt, and I would seriously advise the Minister to let the Bill stand until another year.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. SEXSMITH:

I am not very much in favour of this Bill. It does seem to me that we are making deliberate efforts, not to benefit but to destroy some of the very best industries of the country. I know the farmers are not in favour of this legislation. Cheese factories in Ontario have been closing up by the dozen during the last five or six years, and the dairying industry, one of the most important in the Dominion, is not going forward very fast. The other day we passed a Bill allowing the importation and manufacture of oleomargarine. While I have not anything to say against this commodity I believe that in the course of a few years it will be the greatest menace to our dairying industry. If there is any industry in this country that at least requires to be left alone to work out its own salvation, so to speak, so far as restrictions are concerned, it is the dairying industry. The conduct of a dairy business is the most slavish work under heaven, and hundreds and hundreds of farmers are going out of the business. Now, the minister fcnows that Canadian cheese under the present system stands at the very pinnacle on the British market. If our cheese producers have been so successful in that market,

which is the greatest cheese market in the world, why should we be asked at this late stage of the session to pass this Bill to provide regulations for grading export cheese? A good deal has been said about hurrying legislation through in the last days of the session. We are now having morning, afternoon and night sittings; we were here this morning until between three and four o'clock; and now when we come back here at 11 o'clock we find a Bill before the House which to my mind may be ruinous to certain branches of the dairy industry. I am speaking for the farmers in my district; the hon. member for Hastings (Mr. Thompson) and myself come from a district in which the largest cheese dairying industry in Canada is carried on-the largest cheese producing districts are in Central Ontario and in the Oxford district. The cheese men are opposed to this measure.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. SEXSMITH:

I have seen a lot of

figures from some of the departments that I do not place very much reliance in.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. SEXSMITH:

By the buyer, of

course. A few years ago, the cheese buyers of Ontario brought their industry to the highest pinnacle it had ever reached, but now it is dropping down by millions of pounds every year-and it is not because there is any dissatisfaction with the mode of sale or inspection. The hon. member for Frontenac (Mr. Edwards) has spoken about the increase in butter. In 1908, 1909, and 1910 we were producing hardly any more butter than we consumed, but now the butter industry has gone up and the cheese industry has gone away down.

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