Henry Lumley Drayton
Sir HENRY DRAYTON:
It may be that to-day we shall learn that the minister only made that statement for the purpose of turning a comer and that the figures as to exports which I gave are right-that there was an import of only 11,000,000 from France of silks and the manufactures of silks as against $3,000,000 in the case of Switzerland and $4,000,000 in the case of Japan. That was the gravamen of the charge that I made. Perhaps the minister will say to-day " I was not referring to the real business at all. All I was referring to was a quoted rate as to the duty that had nothing to do with it." There would have been something in what the minister said as to specific rates of duty if there was one specific rate for France and another specific rate for Switzerland. But that is not the fact; they all take the same rates. The one matter that
I was referring most to was the fact that France's exports to us under that item, were only one-third of Switzerland's and only one-fourth of Japan's.
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