Quite so. No doubt there are other trusts in Canada that ought to be struck at, but we must approach this matter as best we may ; and as the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) has thought fit to mature a measure of this kind attacking one of these evils, I cannot withhold my support from him, because he has not widened the measure, so as to attack them all. In fact, I think it might be better to attack one of these combines first, and make it quite clear to this combine and all others, that, no matter how they may be able to evade the miserable courts of the United States, and the miserable system of laws there, they cannot evade the laws of a British country. I happened to accompany a delegation of men interested in the tobacco industries of Canada who were heard by the Prime Minister of this country and the Minister of Finance and some others two or three years ago. At that time I heard a number of retail dealers discuss this question from end to end. I gave the matter some attention, and afterwards pursued the subject, as far as I could, with the help of our library. I then became convinced that the tobacco industries of Canada were being attacked, covertly and insidiously attacked, by the American Tobacco Company, with the object of exterminating those industries, and installing in their place the American Tobacco Trust. From that moment, I became a convert to any system, or policy, that would nullify that attack by the American Tobacco Company, upon the tobacco industries of Canada. I congratulate the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) upon combatting this insidious attack, so far as this measure will combat it. I have not bad the opportunity of perusing the measure carefully, and do not pretend to know exactly what its effect will be. But, let us attack this company as best we can. And if this measure is not enough, I believe that there are brains enough in this House, to make a measure that will be sufficient to accomplish the result desired. I do not suppose that any minister or anybody else
is competent to foresee all the devilish ingenuity that will be employed by this company to get around this law. But what I hope for is that if they display their ingenuity in evading the law, we will have ingenuity enough to put up further defences and ultimately to crush these corporations. Xqw, how did they treat them in England V We heard this morning that the American trust invaded England ; how did they meet it there? Why, they met it as only men who are not aided by parliament could meet it. The whole tobacco trade of England had to form a contra combine in order to preserve their own interests.
Topic: THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.