Mr. C. E. BOTHWELL (Swift Current):
Just before the house closed yesterday evening, two or three questions were asked from the other side, particularly by the bon. member for Skeena (Mr. Brady) and the hon. member for Lincoln (Mr. Chaplin). In reply to the hon. member for Skeena, I wish to inform the house that the statistics I gave yesterday were from the summary of the trade of Canada for January 1929 and for the twelve months ended January, 1928 and January 1929. The question was as to what proportion of our Canadian export trade consisted of wheat. In reply to that question, I may inform the hon. member that the proportion amounts to about 32 per cent. The question was also asked as to whether fish and furs were included or should be included with animals and animal products, and in answer to the hon. member for Lincoln I said that I did not consider these articles as coming under that heading; but even excluding them, the figures I gave still hold good. I want now to inform the hon. member further that from the exports enumerated yesterday we can eliminate not onty fish and furs but also beverages, tobaccos, rubber and rubber goods, fruits and vegetables and still the proportion of the export trade of Canada, made hp of agricultural and vegetable products and animals and animal products, is over 50 per cent. With regard to those items that are excluded, I cannot possibly see how industry in Canada could be benefited by the placing of a duty on fish and furs, for instance, the two items referred to by the hon. member. In that connection it might also be of interest to the house to note, from the preliminary report of the trade of Canada for [DOT]1928, that our percentage of exports of raw material, excluding grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, seed and raw tobacco, has steadily declined. In 1900 the percentage was 28.8 per cent and in 1927 it was only 12.4. Our export of raw material has been steadily going down, whereas in the same report you will find that the American percentage has increased.
Subtopic: THE BUDGET
Sub-subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE