March 23, 1934

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

May I ask the minister also why the home consumption of apples in 1932-33 as compared with 1930-31 has decreased by 1,209,000 barrels?

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

Without accepting as authoritative the figures given by the hon. member, I may say that the situation is this, not necessarily that there is less production, but that there has been a greater export which might account, if his figures' are correct, for the smaller domestic consumption.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Then the minister should have resort to the old adage: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." I notice from the explanation given by the minister, in the last year for which statistics are available, the home consumption of apples and honey has decreased considerably on account of the fact that our people have no money with which to buy those articles. I ask the minister to be kind enough to table a report showing the exports, the imports, the production and the home consumption of the fruit, also of honey, mentioned in the speech made by the right hon. Prime Minister on October 12, 1932, in which the right hon. gentleman told the house of his expectations in connection with imperial trade in relation to fruit.

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The information is available to the hon. member in the trade statistics.

Canadian Commercial Apple Production Years-[DOT] Barrels

1929 3,939,000

1930 3,419.000

1931 3,793.000

1932 3.976.000

1933 4,892,000

The production for 1933 being the greatest for all these years.

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The exports for the same years are as follows:

Years- Barrels

1929- 30

1,878,5251930- 31

1.587,4971931- 32

1,682,5061932- 33

1,818,8011933- 34 (incomplete)

3,224,749

The last year showring a very large increase.

Fruit and Honey Act

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The home consumption I take it would be the difference between production and export.

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

And with the imports taken into consideration, yes.

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

The records I have here are not complete in that respect. I shall be glad to let the hon. member have this information at the earliest possible time next week.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Will the hon. gentleman admit that the figure I have already given is correct?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I could not say without checking it up.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Would the minister be kind enough to tell us about dried apples, the production in each year since 1930, the exports, the home consumption, and the imports?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I shall be glad to give this information at a later time in connection with the estimates on fruit. We have not got all the information here. I do not know whether this is the proper time to prolong a discussion on the request for such information, but I shall be glad to give the information when the estimates are up.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

I thank the hon. gentleman. But we have before us now a bill of importance which is supposed to assist the farmer in the sale of his fruit and honey. There is a large decrease in the home consumption of apples and of honey, therefore we must have that information before discussing the bill. If we take the estimates and pass them in the meantime we shall have to do it with our eyes shut. Therefore I ask the hon. minister if it is not possible for him to give that information right now, as he has the fruit commissioner of his department before him.

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CON

Ernest D'Israeli Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Smith, Cumberland) :

Shall the item carry?

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

No, Mr. Chairman, I

would like the hon. gentleman to answer my question.

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I regret I was not able to hear the hon. member's question. If he would repeat it and it is possible for me to hear it-

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March 23, 1934