Mr. J. J. HUGHES:
And they are taking it; as a matter of fact it is the only place to which we can ship our potatoes at this time. The farmers of Prince Edward Island will get a very low price for their potato crop this year, no matter what the Government may do, and an addition of five or six cents a bushel to the price that they would otherwise get would be of immense benefit
to them. A few days ago I happened to be in Boston and, talking to some potato buyers there, I noticed that in figuring up the price that they could pay for potatoes, they invariably deducted the duty. I do not see any reason why the Government should refuse'to grant the concession asked for on behalf of the farmers of the Maritime provinces. In the month of April last the Government by their provision for free wheat, gave the farmers of the West access to the United States market for that staple product. Every body admits that that was a great advantage to the western farmer; it was asked for by representative men from western Canada, grain growers and other bodies, as well as members of Parliament representing that part of the country. The right to send wheat and wheat products into the United States free of duty must be of great advantage to the people of this country, otherwise these strong representations would not have been made in favour of (government action. Why, then, does the Government hesitate to act now? I trust that the Government will not hesitate further; I do not think that on principle they can reasonably do so. They should not hesitate to relieve the farmers of eastern Canada and the maritime provinces of the payment into the United States treasury of at least 5400,000. I am satisfied that the removal of. the duty upon potatoes entering the United States this year would mean $150,000 to the farmers of Prince Edward Island.