On motion of Right Hon. Sir George Foster, (Minister of Trade and Commerce) the House went into Committee to consider the following proposed resolution, Mr. Boivin in the Chair:
Resolved, (1) That it is expedient to approve the agreement dated the eighteenth day of June, 1920, between the Government of the Dominion of Canada and the Governments of certain of His Majesty's colonies in the West Indies, which agreement is termed ''The Canada West Indies Trade Agreement, 1920";
(2) That the provisions in the said agreement relating to the customs duties upon goods, the produce or manufacture of any of the colonies, the government of which is a party to the said agreement, be sanctioned and declared to have the force of law in Canada;
(3) That the Governor in Council shall have power to prescribe, by proclamation published in the Canada Gazette, the day upon which the preferential treatment of the said goods provided for in the said agreement shall be brought into force under the terms of the agreement wi-th respect to each of the said colonies, the extent of such preference within the limits prescribed by the said agreement where the exact amount thereof is not specified in the said agreement, and the day upon which the preferential treatment of the said goods of any of the said colonies is terminated under the said agreement;
(4) That the Customs Tariff, 1907, and the amendments thereto be amended in accordance with the provisions of the said agreement; and
(5) That the Act to be based upon these resolutions shall come into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation of the Governor in Council published in the Canada Gazette.