March 16, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I answer my hon. friend still further: there is another form of preference which is just as important as a tariff preference, and that is what is termed an administrative preference. What was the position when the former Liberal government came into office with respect to the shipment of cattle to Britain? Cattle were excluded from the British market due to an embargo which had been in force for some years. One of the first acts of the then High Commissioner for Canada in London, the Hon. Peter Larkin, acting under instructions from the government of the day, was to take up with the British government the repeal of that embargo against Canadian cattle. Our argument was in part on the score that when Canada had given to Britain a preference in her market, it was unfair for Britain to continue that embargo against Canada. The embargo was removed and Canadian cattle were given entrance to the British market, not as a result of bargaining, but as a result of a courteous attitude taken towards Britain, in our interests as much as her own, an attitude which was reciprocated in a courteous way. I am not surprised at my hon. friend of all men not understanding the effect of courtesy because he is one of the most courteous gentlemen I know.

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