James STEEDSMAN

STEEDSMAN, James

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Souris (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Souris (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
PRO
  Souris (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 9)


May 20, 1930

Mr. STEEDSMAN:

Yes, but we pay $10 to $11, and I have paid as high as $12 for them. We pay from $2.75 to $3 a box, and there are three and a fraction boxes in a barrel, which brings it up to somewhere between $9 and $12 a barrel. The result is that the people in the part of country from which I come are buying a box of apples instead of a barrel; they are not getting the amount of fruit they need or desire, simply because they cannot afford to buy it. If there is any man here who thinks the people of the prairies, especially the agriculturists, can afford to exchange the price of 10 bushels of wheat for one little case of strawberries, I should like to know how it can be done.

I want to enter my protest, Mr. Chairman, against the system, not particularly against these duties, because we must realize that a cent a box on strawberries is not going to make much difference when we already pay $8 a case, or 33 cents a box for them.

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May 20, 1930

Mr. STEEDSMAN:

I am quite willing to wait until that item is reached; I shall then make my statement to the committee.

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May 20, 1930

Mr. STEEDSMAN:

I wish to meet the wishes of the committee. As the minister has said, I have not taken up the time of the committee in the discussion of these items. I am interested because my constituents are interested, but if the committee prefers I shall confine my remarks to the item of strawberries and raspberries which appears later on the sheet.

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May 20, 1930

Mr. STEEDSMAN:

Not 15 per cent, that is right, and the remainder get only a few berries occasionally. That is the situation as it prevails in Manitoba, and I have no doubt throughout the prairie sections of Canada to-day. I would like to suggest to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, or since he is not here to the Minister of Agriculture, while I agree that it is perfectly proper to establish trade relationships with other countries and appoint trade commissioners there, here is a

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place where we could use internal trade commissioners to find out what is the matter between the growers of fruit and we who consume it. I do not know that apples are in a different position from the berries, as far as we are concerned, and perhaps if I may be pardoned I might refer to apples while I am on my feet because I do not wish to come back to this question. A few years ago we used to buy apples by the barrel, and we used to get them at from $3.25 to $3.75 per barrel. The consequence was that we had all the apples we wanted. Now we get them mostly by the box.

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May 20, 1930

Mr. STEEDSMAN:

Yes.

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