There is no information to be brought down in addition to what has been placed before the House. Negotiations have taken place, almost entirely in the form of personal interviews between the representatives of the German government and the Minister of Finance. What little correspondence there is, is unimportant, but is necessarily of a confidential nature. There is, therefore, nothing more to be brought down. My hon. friend asks whether the articles mentioned are all the articles we might be * able to send into Germany. That is a matter of opinion on which every hon. gentleman must form his own judgment. We think the list covers the things of most importance and which would be most valued by Canadian shippers. Whether or not every article on that list is of greater or less value than some other article would, I fancy, be a matter of some difference of opinion. At all events, we think the list . comprises the things that are of most importance. The last question of my hon. friend whether we permit all German goods to come in under our general tariff while they only permit a limited list to enter Germany. That is correct, but it is worth remembering that we do not give to Germany favoured-nation treatment. We are not giying to Germany, under this arrangement, all that we were willing to give Germany at a previous stage of the discussion, we are refusing Germany the advantages of the French treaty. That is a matter that is left for further negotiations if it is found in the interests of Canada to have further negotiations. The arrangement is that we give up the surtax only; Germany in return for that gives us the benefit of her lowest tariff upon a specified list of articles which, in the judgment of the government, are the most important articles to the Canadian shipper.
Subtopic: THE GERMAN SURTAX.