May 23, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The clause seems to be very inclusive. Whilst we are making provision to ease off the restrictions in the case of a farmer who wants to buy from the miller, it was not with the idea of putting him in a position to go into the selling business. It seems to me the clause is inclusive enough to catch any one violating it. (Reading):
Every person who sells, offers for sale, or has In his possession for sale, any bag, sack or similar packages of flour, meal, oats, rolled wheat or feed, which is not marked in accordance with the requirements of section 164a of this Act, shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a penalty-
Is there any reason why he should not be? For instance, he might get these small quantities weighed out to him at the mill, and then go out and sell them even though they were not up to brand and might be underweight. So long as we give the smaller buyer a chance to buy for himself, we have to include him in the penalty if he sets up as a seller afterwards. Otherwise, we should be opening a very wide door indeed.

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