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


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


Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

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best who laughs last. The duties on these articles, as on a large number of other items, are wiped out for the simple reason that there is no excuse in having them cumber up the tariff schedules. They never were intended to have any relation to imports, and it was so stated, but hon. gentlemen opposite will persist in making that statement, and I know that no statement of mine will ever stop them. It shows exactly the absurdity of their contention. But there are, and always will be, critics who will say, "There is a joker in this tariff. Of course there is." They will perhaps imagine that they can see the outline of the Ethiopian in the woodpile. My hon. friend from Lincoln (Mr. Chaplin) always sees one in the woodpile. They will say that the predicted imports from Great Britain will not come in, and that the real effect of the change in the tariff on iron and steel products will be a substantial increase in the cost of machinery used in primary production. Of course they will. We are emphatic in saying-and again I
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point to the record of Mr. Fielding and Mr. Robb, and perhaps we will point a year or two later to the record of Mr. Dunning-I repeat, we are emphatic in saying that an increased exchange of goods will take place, and the net result will be a lessening of the cost to the consumer. The budget meets the very general desire of the Canadian people that the volume of our business with Great Britain should be enlarged. Hitherto this feeling has been largely sentimental. Quite true. That is the complaint I have had against my friends across the way; they are always strong in sentiment but lacking in action. But now plainly the value to us of the opening of the British market is being appreciated-these are some of the points I want to get across to my hon. friends opposite-the value to us of the opening of the British market, I say, is being appreciated by the Canadian people as never before. But there having been a partial loss of market, there is apprehension that further losses may be suffered. The desirability of strengthening our position in the British market by offsetting our sales with purchase is now pretty evident to Canadians, and Mr. Dunning's effort to facilitate this exchange of commodities will be strongly supported by public opinion.

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