Sir RICHARD CARTWRIGHT.
collected a duty of $9,576,000. In 1897, the last year of the national policy, our trade with Great Britain had fallen to $29,401,000. In 1901, our trade with Great Britain was $42,819,000, on which we collected a duty of $7,845,000. What did our preference do for Great Britain ? In eight years, under the national policy, we had lost $14,000,0001 in the four years under our policy we had gained $14,000,000. And, whereas under the old tariff on imports of about forty-three and a quarter millions, we collected $9,576,000 of duty, under our tariff, on imports of almost forty-three' millions-bear in mind, the merest fraction of a difference-we collected $7,845,000 of duty, or about $1,700,000 less duty than was collected on a nearly similar amount of goods imported into Canada in 1889. Of course, there are fluctuations, we know that perfectly well. It has been stated recently-I think the Minister of Agriculture (Hon. Mr. Fisher) told us the other night-that there had been a fluctuation amounting to several millions in the importation of cheese into Great Britain. Under these circumstances what did the present government do ? Did it sit down and wail ? Not a bit. My hon. friend (Hon. Mr. Fisher) at once held a conference with those who represented the great dairy interests of this country, and they are now-applying themselves, as men should do, not to give more protection for the dairy interests, but to enable them to help themselves over their difficulty and restore the cheese interest of Canada to the proud position it has hitherto held in the British market. The hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Borden) thought it a very absurd thing that the hon. Minister of Finance should intimate that the government had anything to do with the prosperity which, thank heaven, has blessed Canada during the past four years. That is a very new doctrine from those benches. When I sat here before and the hon. gentleman's predecessor sat there, was there a day, was there an hour, in which it was not thundered out, much more loudly than my hon. friend (Mr. Borden, Halifax) has done that a government did not deserve to exist for an hour-this was what was said by Sir Charles Tupper-unless it could bring prosperity to a country ?