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


George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I will try to explain. Let us look for a moment at the description of articles given in the section. Artichokes were not in the old law, but they are brought under this new'law and the weight is fixed at 56 pounds a bushel. No change has been made in the following articles: Beans, beets, bituminous coal, blue grass seed, castor beans, clover seed, hemp seed, lime, malt, onions, potatoes and timothy seed. Carrots were sixty pounds in the old Act, and are now made fifty pounds. Parsnips were sixty pounds in the old Act, and are now made forty-five pounds. Turnips were sixty pounds in the old Act and are now made fifty pounds. In regard to the weight of bag for certain articles, the rule observed is to make the bag the equivalent in pounds of a bushel and a half, so that there is agreement between the bag and the bushel in relation to the real weights included in each package. This has been a bone of contention for a good many years and it has been found very difficult to get a thorough accord. At the present time, I may say there is a general consensus of opinion in regard to the weight, and although everybody is not satisfied I think the great majority are. This Bill, passed by the Senate about four weeks ago, has been distributed, but I have had no protests from any sources with reference to the weights. I take it, therefore, that this is probably as good as we can do. It has the advantage of making a uniform weight for both bushels and bags all through the Dominion, and that is a great gain when interprovincial trade is increasing to such a large extent.

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