Mr. MORIN (St. Hyacinthe):
But since it is more bulky the transportation charges are higher. Moreover, the manufacturers are handicapped by the action of this house in imposing a duty of fifty cents per ton on all their coal and a duty of 27i per cent on their machinery when it is of a kind made in Canada, or 10 per cent when it is of a kind not made in Canada. Under these circumstances the Canadian manufacturer is not in a position to meet the competition of the British manufacturer who is not affected by these duties, and as a matter of fact the Canadian industry is hardly able to meet the competition of the American industry even under a duty of 12^ per cent.
Let us suppose the American and the Canadian manufacturers were placed on the same footing; we could reasonably assume that they would divide the Canadian trade, and therefore 50 per cent of our consumption of this article would be furnished by American manufacturers to the detriment of Canadian labour. It seems to me that these are conditions which should not be approved by this house and which should not be the policy of the government; at a time when the balance of trade is so much in favour of the United States I think we should not continue to increase our purchases in that country and decrease the production in Canada, particularly when it is very clear that the Canadian consumer will not derive any benefit.
I think if we add to item 460 F a provision that the reduction in duty will apply only to trough belt conveyors not made in Canada the requirements of our industry will be satisfied and it will be for the general advantage of our country.
Topic: CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT