February 23, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


Robert Cruise



I understand the Minister of Public Works believes that the farmer who buys Canadian machinery is the more loyal. If a Canadian farmer buys an American threshing machine and pays $300 in duty that money goes into the coffers of the Canadian Government, and benefits the country to that extent, whereas, if he buys a Canadian threshing machine the $300 goes into the pocket of the Canadian manufacturer and nobody gets any benefit whatever except the Canadian manufacturer. I am very glad to have that question answered by my hon. friend. We know now who is the loyal farmer. If every man bought Canadian goods where would the revenue come from?

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