The hon. gentleman was not interrupted last night, and I trust he will not continue to interrupt me. I am sure we enjoyed his address very much, and we listened to it without interrupting him.
The point is this, that as to the important machinery which the farmers at present require, such as manure spreaders, disc drills, hoe drills, dump rakes, side delivery rakes, hay loaders, hay tedders, disc harrows, drag harrows, riding ploughs, gang ploughs and walking ploughs, my hon. friend the member for Brantford (Mr. Cockshutt) saw to it that there was no interference in any shape or form. I might also mention land rollers and other tools such as corn planters, corn cultivators, corn shredders and huskers, and sugar beet tools, which are most important to the counties of Essex and Kent, where we grow so much corn and on which the farmers get no concession in the way of a reduction of duty. My hon. friend (Mr. Wilcox) sat in this House for six years and never agitated for a duty on corn. He is supposed to be very close to the Government, but never before last night did he use the old argument for a duty on corn which Mr. L. Wigle in 1,900 used up and down the concessions of South Essex when fighting the former member of this House, Mr. M. K. Cowan. This old argument in regard to free corn which the hon. member for North Essex (Mr. Wilcox) put forth in this House last night, was thrashed out election after election, but never once did Mr. L. Wigle defeat Mr. M. K. Cowan, who fought for free corn. I want to inform the hon. member for North Essex that the county of Kent can grow corn just as well as any other county in the province of Ontario. I am not prepared, as the representative of .
that county, to ask the Government of the day to put a tariff on corn, and I can tell my hon. friend that not later than last Tuesday I saw Mr. John Sewell of the township of Raleigh, which is in the com belt of Canada, actually buying corn to feed his stock. There are other counties which are not so fortunate as ours, in being able to grow corn, and the people of Kent are not so selfish as to desire to tax the farmers in these other counties on the corn they use to feed their live stock. I challenge my hon. friend (Mr. Wilcox) to tell me on what occasion, when there was a duty' on corn, the farmers of Kent and Essex got as high a price for corn as we have been getting during the last few years. I wait for a reply.
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