April 8, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Gillanders Turriff



The distance is not too great to prevent train-loadfe of Cockshutt ploughs being sent a thousand miles west of Minneapolis to compete with American-made ploughs after duty has been paid-and the same may be said of other makes.
The list I have read is the list given by the Grain Growers' Guide. I have taken the trouble to figure out the difference in percentage of cost. On binders, the main item that my hon. friend the Minister of Finance selected for a reduction of duties there is the least difference of all. On binders there is a difference of only fifteen per cent on the average between Winnipeg and Minneapolis, On the other item on which he has made a reduction, mowers, there is a greater difference, twenty-nine per cent. But these are the two items on which there is the least difference and on these two he made a cut in duty. But the implements that sell for a much greater percentage higher in western Canada than in the United States are the ones on which he has refused to make any reduction whatever in the interests of the farmers. Let me give the percentages:
Grain binders, 15 per cent; com binders, 30 per cent; reapers, 29 per cent; mowers, 29 per cent; hay rakes-dump (all steel), 37 per cent; manure spreaders, 29 per cent; single disc drills, 8 per cent; double disc drills, 35 per cent; grass seed attachments for drills, 65 per cent; disc harrows, 65 per cent; ploughs, 28 per cent; wagons, 32| per cent.
My hon. friend has reduced the duty on mowers, but a farmer must have a rake as well as a mower. Why could he not have given the farmer the benefit of a reduced price for his rake? The duty on rakes is not reduced.

Subtopic:   THE BUDGET.
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