May 11, 1928

CON

Simon Fraser Tolmie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TOLMIE:

I do not think you need

the system so much to protect the dealer- he is a pretty good judge of beef-as the consumer, who when he ordered prime steer beef steak was sold cow beef of second quality. Cut up into steaks, he could not tell what grade was being supplied. With this system of branding in force the grade will be indicated, no matter how thin the steak may be. In that way the consumer will be educated to buy the better grades. This will have

beneficial effect on the producer, inasmuch as he will receive a little more for first class beef. That has been the great trouble all the way through-the ability of the middleman to sell second or third grade steer beef for first class. I notice this simply gives you power to work out your system later on.

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LIB
UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

I am a little disappointed, Mr. Chairman, that the minister now intimates that the form which the brand is to take is to be left open. In committee we were advised that the roller system would foe adopted. I hope he is not going to retire from the position then taken and that possibly the stamp system may be adopted. This would not cover every cut of beef, and, as the member for Victoria (Mr. Tolmie) points out, it is the public that must be protected.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

After this committee works out a system of grades which* it is prepared to recommend, such system will first of all foe submitted to the trade, and to the consumers and producers, to see how acceptable it will be. It will have to be done quickly, on the roller system, just as we brand the top of a box of butter. It is the same system. We shall have to work out some system and submit it to the interested public and find out whether they have any suggestions to- offer before it- is finally adopted.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

That is all I wanted to know. The bill is a good one and I approve of it. The minister is of the opinion that the roller system is a good one?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Yes; it is the most expeditious.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

The minister probably

knows already that a considerable number of cattle are being slaughtered in some provinces and are reacting from the tuberculin test. How will he indicate beef of that character?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

That opens up a

considerable problem which we can more properly discuss on the vote for the administration of the Health of Animals Act.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

Is not this a good time

to take it up?

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Section agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed. On motion of Mr. Lapointe the house adjourned at 10.55 p.m. Questions Monday, May 14, 1928


May 11, 1928