Andrew Ross McMaster
I am always willing to oblige, and I happen to have carried those figures around in my pocket also. I am not prepared, perhaps, to give my hon. friend his answer just as he would like it, but I am sure he will be glad to let me give the answer* as I like it. In order to help the farmers of this country, cream separators, which had been protected before 1896, were placed on the free list, and what makes me believe in sound economics for this country is that cream separator factories grew up in Canada even though cream separators were put on the free list. Then there was Indian corn. Before 1896 *that was dutiable at the rate of 71 cents per bushel except when used for distillation purposes. The staunch temperance element in the present Administration was not present in the Conservative Administration prior to 1896, and consequently you could ge't Indian corn in free if you wanted to make whisky out of it, but if you wanted it for feeding hogs or cattle you had to pay a duty of 7) cents a bushel. That duty ' was taken off, and Indian corn allowed to come in free. Pig iron, which was one of the basic raw materials for a great number of manufactured articles, had been taxed under the old tariff at four dollars per ton. Under the new general tariff it was taxed at $2.50 per ton; under the preferential tariff, which was in force up to the 30th of June, 1898, it was taxed at $2.18| per ton, and after the 1st of July of that year at $1.87| per ton.
There was also a reduction in other matters, not as much as I would like-I am very much of the kidney of the hon. member for Springfield (Mr. Richardson), and should have liked to see my friends go a little further. But I say this: If I wish to go to Toronto do I join a number of men who are going in the direction of Montreal or do I attach myself to a number of men who are going in the direction of Toronto,
even though they are not going as fast as I would like to have them go?