I agree largely with what the hon. member for South Toronto (Mr. Macdonell) has said in regard to allowing compensation to packing concerns for diseased carcases or hogs or cattle; but the packing houses are not the only parties who should be considered in this matter. We have in the southwestern part of Ontario a large number of farmers who them-Mr. A. C. MACDONELL.
selves go quite extensively into the dressing of hogs. These dressed hogs are inspected by the government inspectors at the different shipping stations, and when a hog is found by a government officer to be wholly diseased, it is sent back to the farmer who is shipping it or is destroyed on the spot, and the farmer suffers the entire loss, not the packer or the buyer. So that if the government are considering the advisability of compensating the drover or the packer they should not overlook the farmer. The hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Crosby) found fault with the government for allowing interprovincial trade between some of the provinces in meat that has not passed government inspection. I may say that we in Ontario would like to have accorded to us the treatment which the hon. gentleman is objecting to for his particular province, that is, allowing it to trade in uninspected meat with Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, or some of the other provinces.
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