May 12, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

No longer
can the cry be raised that our Prime Minister gives more to the United States than he is willing to give to the mother country. That has been one of the statements of the opposition to which I have continually taken exception and to which I take exception to-day, and I am going to have a word or two to say to my hon. friends opposite in connection with their attitude towards the British preference. Let me say in the first place that this budget is a complete answer to every statement which they have made in that connection. It is more than that. It is no mere lip loyalty on our part. It is not the mere expression of a sentiment. This budget is action, bold and forward action on our part in connection with the British preference. So I say, Mr. Speaker, that our hon. friends opposite can never expect the country to believe their statement that this government headed by the Prime Minister has been more friendly in its attitude in any particular towards the United States than we have always been ready and willing to be towards the mother country.
This budget places on the free list a large and important list of goods that we import from Great Britain. Here again we are following the well-established practice of this government of extending from time to time
the British preference. By so doing we hope to increase our trade with the mother country. That, briefly, is what the budget means, Mr. Speaker. It means that we hope to transfer a large volume of trade in goods that we must use in Canada from countries that are unwilling to trade with us to those that are willing and anxious to trade with us. That is the position in a nutshell. It is for the benefit of those countries that have shown their willingness to trade with us by buying the goods that we have to export from this country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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