This section provides that what has hitherto applied to barrels and half-barrels shall apply to bags and packages. Subsection d is unnecessary, as it is provided for in section 7, 164b, and I move th A it be struck out.
That is that the provisions of subsection b as to brand shall not apply to feed. The reason is that these feeds have not settled down into what you may call standard qualities and it is considered better that the brand should be omitted from feeds. The weights and the composition, however, shall be stated.
The object of the first subsection is to avoid interfering more than is necessary with people who go into a store to buy flour for themselves, who have their own packages and have the flour weighed out in their presence. They are supposed to be able to look after themselves. Subsection b was placed in the Bill when it
passed the Senate before, chiefly, I am told, on the representation of the late Senator Campbell. The reason is that there are many buyers of Canadian flour doing business in foreign countries who do not want all these marks upon the flour. They buy the flour and put on their own brands or marks; if brands are placed on before it is sold by the miller in Canada that restricts the sale. The situation is similar to that [DOT]with respect to binder twine which was [DOT]dealt with by the House this session.
I wish to put in the same -protest against this as I did against the [DOT]other. I think it is a very short-sighted provision. I think we should make it our first principle, in dealing with foreign countries especially, that what we sell will be according to specifications and will be as represented. I certainly cannot appreciate the attitude of mind of dealers who do not want to have the facts as to the commodity they deal in stated plainly, and shown by the certificates and authority of the Government of the country in which the article is bought.
millers, it is the millers who wish to have this done. This does not go as a Canadian flour, and so the use of these brands does not depreciate Canadian brands. There are no brands upon it as it leaves this country. The buyer puts his own brands on.
The large dealer in Liverpool who deals with a Canadian miller generally knows whether that miller is honest or not and whether he is going to get what he buys on sample. The brand is put on to suit the market where it is going.