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):

The large
companies advertised in the press that all retailers had received instructions to cut prices immediately, and this reduction became instantly effective throughout Canada. All householders should benefit by the free entry from Great Britain and her colonies of tableware, china and porcelain. This trade runs to about $4,000,000 annually, and the greatly increased spread should divert it almost entirely to Great Britain. Surely this will mean something to the Canadian consumer, and it will mean also an increase in our trade with the mother country.
Western Canada in particular has gone in for the wide development of rural hospitals. The budget puts on the free list, under all tariffs, an extremely wide range of hospital supplies and equipment, much of which formerly entered Canada from the United States at rates ranging from 17J per cent to 35 per cent. This reduction directly affects the ordinary citizens in every province.
This budget, Mr. Speaker, is not a free trade budget, nor can it be construed to be a protectionist budget.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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