James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)
I will quote some figures in a moment. It so happened that the concessions obtained in the other treaties were, I will admit, more favourable to the agricultural industry than they were to the manufacturing industries of Canada. My hon. friend this afternoon stressed the fact that the Belgian treaty had been of little use to Canada. For the advantage of hon. members who have not followed that subject, let me quote figures to show the steady growth of our butter trade with Belgium in recent years. The exports of butter into Belgium in 1921 amounted to 72,623 pounds. In 1922 the amount increased to 110,362 pounds and in 1924 to 267,183. Then in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1925 the export of butter to Belgium, which in 1921, during the period my right hon. friend was prime minister, amounted to 72,623 pounds, increased to 763,212 pounds.
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