I was coming to a statement which would, I think, take care of the query which has just been addressed to me. As to subsidies, being a protectionist, and .subsidies being the highest form of protection, I am able to advocate a subsidy where it is necessary to produce new wealth from the resources of this country. I do not hesitate to say that. In the four years from 1919 to 1922 the United Kingdom imported some 670,000,000 bushels of wheat. Of that amount 60 per cent came from foreign countries and 40 per cent from the dominions, and on the average that 40 per cent which came from the dominions cost the British consumer 42 cents a bushel less than he paid for his world wheat, or the wheat he bought from foreign countries. I realize that that statement will likely be challenged, because men will say: WTien wheat is sold at the Liverpool price, how is it possible for that to be true? Well, the fact that it is true can be verified by referring to the imports of the United Kingdom for those
years, which will be found in the library, if you take your pencil and divide the number of bushels into the cost to the British consumer, c.i.f., you will find that the statement I make, which bears the imprimatur of the British government, is absolutely true. So when the hon. Minister of Agriculture says he hesitates to ask the British people to reconsider their attitude on preference because this government does not feel like asking the British consumer to tax himself in favour of Canadian goods, I say to him that the British consumer of wheat in these four years-I have not been able to get the returns for later years-taxed himself on the average 42 cents a bushel more for foreign wheat than he did for empire grown wheat.
Topic: CATTLE INDUSTRY MOTION FOR SPECIAL COMMITTEE