May 30, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS (Danforth):

It is quite true that I made the observation referred to by my hon. friend, with reference to the following statement of the minister as reported in Hansard, page 2980.
Mr. Ilsley: I readily give the undertaking
that the matter is only for the lifetime of the War Exchange Conservation Act. It is an amendment to that act; it is not a change in the tariff itself. That act expires automatically upon the issue of a proclamation that a state of war has ceased to exist.
In discussing another observation of a like nature, the leader of the party supported by the hon. member for Vancouver East expressed the hope and belief that, once these changes were made, they would remain on the statute

War Exchange Conservation Act
book. I refute that. I have confidence in the assurance given by the Minister of Finance that these measures, which are put into effect now to help Britain for the duration of the war, will be subject to change when the war is over.
May I also take this opportunity to correct a misapprehension of the hon. member for Parry Sound (Mr. Slaght) as evidenced in his remarks a few moments ago. I have no intention of suggesting that any men, any equipment or any machinery should be moved from Great Britain during this war, or that anything else should necessarily be transferred here from the United Kingdom while the war continues. But when the war is over, if this legislation is not removed from the statute book, the hardheaded business man in England will think twice before he moves his plant to, or establishes a branch in, any country with which there is practically free trade with the United Kingdom-whether it be Canada, Australia, or anywhere else. Having that in mind, my view was that the removal of this legislation from the statute book at the close of the war would be a great encouragement to our friends from the United Kingdom to establish branch plants in this country-much as, during the last two or three decades, many branches of United States industries have been established in Canada, due to no other fact than that we do not permit free trade between the United States and Canada in the commodities which those industries supply.

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