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More and Better Markets for Canadian Products
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | OCTOBER 1935 | THE FARMER

 

HOW BENNETT and STEVENS LOST OUR MARKETS

Ruthless shutting out of foreign goods was the burden of Mr. Bennet’s trade plan of 1930. That part of his promise was actually kept. As Hon. H. H. Stevens, Minister of Trade and Commerce, said when the new 1930 tariff was introduced: “Our idea is that nothing hereafter will be imported except what cannot be

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Johnston Hall

This cartoon, published in the June 14, 1924 issue of the Canadian Countryman celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Ontario Agricultural College (now part of

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Dog-Powered Barrel Churn

This device combines the inventions of the barrel churn with an animal-powered wheel. While the exact year this particular device was made is unclear, it is based on a

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WHY FARMERS
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | AUGUST 18, 1910 | THE FARMER'S ADVOCATE

Having read for some time letters appearing in your esteemed paper with the above heading, I feel tempted to also add a few lines to an old subject.

Some of the writers, ladies, evidently, from the city, who do not seem to have much to do but attend afternoon teas and balls, and study the fashions and the society columns seem to think that the exodus is due to the slovenly

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lives lived

John Smith Bessey

DECEMBER 9, 1832 - MAY 25, 1921

John Smith Bessey was born on December 9, 1832 in Esquesing township, Halton County, Upper Canada. The Bessey’s were originally from the Thirteen Colonies, and John’s grandfather fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War. The family were thus forced to flee the newly-established United States and came to British North America. Like many other United Empire Loyalists, the Besseys were granted land in the developing province of Upper Canada and took up farming. Also like many other Loyalists, John’s father was a staunch Tory, and strongly opposed to any

MARTIN BURRELL

OCTOBER 15, 1858 - MARCH 20, 1938

Martin Burrell was not the first Federal Minister of Agriculture. But he was, importantly, the first Minister of Agriculture to be a farmer himself. Burrell was born in Faringdon, England and immigrated to Canada in 1883, intending to work as a fruit farmer in the Niagara Peninsula.

Burrell lived in the peninsula for a short time and then settled down outside Grand Forks, British Columbia. He did, however, achieve his occupational goal. Burrell’s fruit farming enterprise was quite successful and he became a member of the B.C. Board of Horticulture as well as the

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