Then farm products will go to the United States?
Mr. SHAEPE (Ontario) reading-
The _ raw material that comes from the-Canadian farm will be manufactured in the United States, and what is not needed will be sent to foreign countries.
The Canadian can furnish us with feeders,, a large per cent of the number that come to the United States are of that class.
We can handle the Canadian export grain crop with facility. If it is brought inside our borders and milled as it would be, our dairymen could use with great profit the by-products of the mills. This is the feature, bran and shorts-that makes dairy products and robs the soil.
The United States could with great profit and benefit to the land, take all the grain Canada has to sell, and devote its lands to1 less exacting crops, as is evidenced by the older prairie states farmers who grow nograin to sell, buy their flour and thereby keep up the fertility of the soil. In the western states where the farmer has turned from grain raising for sale to the production of crops to be fed to domestic animals on the farm, the new departure has been so profitable that lands in those states have risen in value to $100 to $200 per acre, and rents from $4 to $6 per acre.
Mr. Beveridge, who was here a few days ago, said in a recent speech, which will be found at page 2340 of the ' Congressional Eecord':
We have used up out natural resources so rapidly that the belated policy of conserving them has become one of our greatest national anxieties.
President Taft's message, January 26, 1911, contains this passage:
We have reached a stage in onr own development that calls for a statesmanlike and broad view of our future economic status and its requirements. We have drawn upon our natural resources in such a way as to invite attention to their necessary limit. This has properly aroused effort to conserve them, to avoid their waste, and to restrict their use to our necessities.
Ought we not then to arrange a commercial agreement with Canada, if we can, by which we shall have direct access to her great supply of natural products without an obstructing or prohibitory tariff?
The Dominion has greatly prospered. It has an active, aggressive and intelligent people. They are coming to the parting of the ways.
Would the Minister of Customs be good enough to explain what President Taft meant by that?
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS - RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.