The principle introduced by
subsection (b) of the new section 3 was up last year, and I think at that time it was pretty well understood that the compulsory element was not being introduced. Certainly I have no objection at all to legislation being
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enacted to carry out the object mentioned in the explanatory comment; but I do object to subsection (b) of section 3. It enables an oganization, which may not be at all representative of the shippers and the producers, to pass, at a meeting perhaps very slimly attended, a resolution upon which the government may act by order in council, although the great majority of the producers of the province may be opposed. I am informed that in Prince Edward Island, to which this applies to a large extent, there is no demand for such a provision. There were, I believe, a few resolutions from New Brunswick; I do not know whether there were any from British Columbia. But so far as Nova Scotia is concerned, the province from which I come, the potato growers will not want the government to take power by order in council to compel all shippers, at a fee of so much per barrel, to submit their produce to inspection.