Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.
I was pleased with the support that was given to this Bill. Sometimes I thought I hardly got fair-play as the Bill went on. I do not know about the straining of the rules of the House but I thought that some hon. gentlemen used them up to their full extent. I am not one of those who complain when he gets cold justice. Some Bills introduced by lion, members during this session got their first and second reading and were considered in committee at the same sitting, but the Bill which I had the honour of introducing in this House was only allowed to pass barely one stage at a time. Notwithstanding-I was going to say the opposition but I will not use such a strong word as that-* the want of sympathy for my Bill which
came from high places both on the government side as well as on the opposition side I was able to get it through the committee stage, but yesterday, or the day before, I noticed that it was slaughtered along with other unfortunates. It is not my intention to speak upon the merits of this resolution which has been introduced by my bon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) although I am in entire sympathy with it, but in looking up this matter I find that there is one thing in connection with cigarettes which I wish to place on record in the House. I have a statement here showing the growth which has taken place in the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada for the last fifteen years and which is as follows :
1890 ' 34,206,940
Then in 1895 the American Tobacco Company, at which this legislation is especially aimed, came upon the scene, started the tobacco manufacture industry in Canada and absorbed two companies and we see the result in the following statements of the number of cigarettes manufactured and
the number manufactured by the American Tobacco Company : No. manufactured
Year. Number manufactured. by American Tobacco Co.1895 .. .. .. .. 83,854,440 82,000,0001896 .. .. .. .. 86,000,000 57,000,0001897 .. .. .. .. 106,500,000 86,000,0001898 .. .. .. .. 88,000,000 71,500,0001899 .. .. .. .. 105,500,000 96,376,5001900 .. .. .. .. 123,200,000 102,234,0001901 .. .. .. .. 125,000,000 108,000,0001902 .. .. .. .. 138,000,000 109,000,0001903 .. .. .. .. 179,000,000 149,000,0001904 .. .. .. .. 216,000,000 ' 191.000,000
What does this mean ? It means that the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada during the past fifteen years has increased sixfold. That is out of all proportion to the increase in population. It is out of all proportion to the increase of tobacco in other forms. That simply means that there must have been a great market created for the consumption of these cigarettes. A good deal has been said about the hardship of taking away the dear cigarette from the grown up man. I do not object to seeing a man with a pipe or cigar in his mouth but I think it looks very boyish to see a grown up man with a little cigarette in his mouth.
Topic: THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.