March 7, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)



My hon. friend can make his speech later on. And yet my hon. friends opposite on the public platform will talk loudly about empire loyalty and their desire of building up empire trade, but to a sister dominion, with respect to which we enjoy at the present time very valuable trade relations indeed, unsatisfactory though they may be in certain particulars to some of us, and to some of the people of New Zealand also from their point of view, the proposal of my hon. friends opposite is that the arrangement be "rescinded forthwith". That, I may say, Mr. Speaker, is not the policy of the government. During the past year, numerous interests in Canada have represented to the government the desirability, from their point of view, of their products being included within a treaty with New Zealand, and have urged upon the government the desirability of such a treaty. It must be borne in mind that at the present time there is no treaty directly between Neiw Zealand and Canada. New Zealand extends to Canada her full British preference on everything. She does that her own volition, in exactly the same way as Canada extended her British preference to Great Britain, and there was no question of negotiating a treaty when New Zealand extended her British preference to Canada.

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