June 20, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

I desire to make a few observations with respect to this report. The course which has been taken by the committee is one that certainly does not commend itself to me, in view of the fact that a tariff board has been set up for the purpose of considering the very matter that has been referred to the committee and we have been expending substantial sums of money without obtaining, it seems to me, any real result. I think it desirable to make a few observations also because of the fact that in 1930 we increased the tariff on agricultural implements, and the action taken at that time by the manufacturers was, as has been represented to this house on more than one occasion, an undertaking not to increase the prices. During the period of time that elapsed from 1930 to 1935 they actually reduced the prices; in 1936 the prices were increased to the point from which they had been reduced, and I had hoped that there would have been a little clearer appreciation of and fairness to the interests upon which the west so largely rely for sustenance and support when they are bankrupt. I say that with great frankness. These western provinces are coming to the dominion, asking for money, asking the dominion to find it by borrowing from the people of the country, and then denying to industry the right that it should have to compete in its own territory upon at least even terms with those who would take its market from it.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT PRICES-RECOMMENDATION THAT INQUIRY BE CONTINUED NEXT SESSION BY SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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