Mr. MAN ION:
I certainly do not wish
to put the hon. gentleman in a wrong position, but I think the first part of what I said was a fair interpretation of his statement; the latter part of course is more or less jocular.
The food value of oleomargarine has been discussed by several hon. members, and particularly by the hon. member for Glengarry (Mr. Kennedy) who showed that the food value, according to the figures he had, was as high as the food value of butter, although he stated, I believe, that there were some vitamines in butter that are absent in oleomargarine. From the medical standpoint, I think that the small amount of butter which, after all, is consumed is not so important as a food as other fats which can be taken in its place. And the statement of one hon. gentleman that butter was necessary for growing children be-
cause of those vitamines or life-giving properties, is offset, it seems to me, by the fact that those qualities are amply supplied by the use of milk, even if children do not happen to get butter at certain times of the year, for most children in this country do get plenty of milk all the year round.
As to the taste, palatability and colour of oleomargarine, I cannot speak from having eaten it in this country, but certainly we ate large quantities of it in England and France, and many times we had disputes in England as to whether we were using oleomaigarine or butter. Indeed, 1 have seen people who claimed they were very good judges of butter unable to tell whether they were eating it or its substitute. At the same time I wish to support the hon. member for South Oxford and other hon. gentlemen wo endorsed him in his request that the regulations should be very strict to prevent the palming off of oleomargarine as butter. But I cannot see that the diluting of oleomargarine with butter should have any prejudicial effect so long as it is sold as margarine. The reverse of course should be illegal. Therefore, Mr. Chairman, I have very great pleasure in supporting the resolution of the hon. Minister of Agriculture which has for its object extending the time for the importation and proper regulation of the sale and manufacture of oleomargarine.
Topic: OLEOMARGARINE ACT, 1919 AMENDMENT.