Hon. J. M. Macdonnell (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Yesterday the hon. member for Kootenay West asked a question from which I read the following:
In view of the serious threat to the economy of the base metals industry in the proposed increase in the tariff on lead and zinc entering the United States . . . will the minister inform the house of the definitive steps being taken by the government to protect Canadian interests?
I was asked this question some days ago, and explained that there was constant contact with the United States government. I think all I can add to what I have previously said is that our embassy in Washington has this matter constantly in mind and is constantly in touch. As a matter of fact, the Department of Trade and Commerce had their last communication with the embassy this morning. I think I can assure the house that every effort is being made to omit nothing that can assist this situation.
Subtopic: STATEMENT CONCERNING STEPS
Sub-subtopic: TAKEN TO PROTECT CANADIAN INTERESTS