I do not think it a good plan to convert our fiscal policy into a system of political speculation. I do not wish to question the lion, member's good faith. I am willing to admit that he lias an absolute confidence in the efficiency of the proposal he submits. But I think that had he considered the question from the standpoint of political economy rather than from the point of view of the member for Laval, he would have come to another conclusion. He would have realized that even if the government were to adopt his views, the condition of the farmers in his country as well as that of the gardeners in the vicinity of Montreal and other parts of the country, would in no way he changed. In fact, under what conditions would an increase of the duty on garden truck from the United States have the effect of shutting off these products from our markets ? It would at the time of the year when our own products not being as yet available, early vegetables from the United States come in naturally, because consumers require them. But as soon as the natural products of the counties of Laval and Jacques Cartier, or of any county in the vicinity of Montreal, can be taken to the markets of that city, at no great expense for transportation or production, the competition of United States producers is no longer an impediment. In other words, as far as local consumption goes, competition on the part of United States producers does not count ; in fact, if we go back to the original meaning of the word, it can be hardly termed competition at all. Consequently, the motion of my bon. friend, however good his intentions, does not attain the object he has in view. He certainly cannot, at certain seasons, as in winter, prevent the people of Montreal from buying cabbage or asparagus when they are so inclined, and his 'intelligent and faithful ' electors are not in a position to produce them.