talk about people going to the United States or other countries to live, but is it any wonder when we place a sales tax on the family man which makes it almost impossible for him and his family to live? We had a discussion on immigration in this House some time ago. I believe that the best way to increase the population of this country is through the family, by increasing the number of children. But people will not raise large families unless they have the same conception as I have, unless they find it easier for them to live. So far as I am concerned, I believe that Canadian children are going to be the salvation of this country-far better than any immigrants we could bring in from any part of the world. I would advise my hon. friends from British Columbia, who are concerned over the Japanese problem, to look at the low birth rate of the white people in British Columbia, and to see to it that their birth rate becomes normal, and that they do not commit race suicide as the birth rate shows they are doing, and then there will not be the menace from oriental immigration. There ought to be a normal birth rate in Canada. It is a healthy sign when the birth rate is normal, and the Canadian race is one of the most vigorous on the globe. Neither the Italian nor the German nor any other nation should be allowed to make up the deficiencies in our own population.
I want to say just a few words in regard to the tariff for revenue, especially in regard to the new tax that has been imposed. Referring to the tax on cigars, in Schedule II, I find that in the year 1920 194,335,000 cigars were consumed in Canada valued at $14,102,399. Now, as regards the imports and exports it is practically negligible, and so for that reason I am not going to say anything about it. At the same time there were consumed, as we were told by the Finance Minister over 2,450,000,000 cigarettes valued at $24,000,000. The duty on those cigarettes was $15,000,000. This year the duty has been increased and the result is that the Finance Minister expects a decrease of 10 per cent in the revenue from this source. Now, I want hon. members to mark that fact: That when you increase the duty on an article, in the opinion of the Finance Minister, you decrease the consumption. That may be true in regard to cigarettes, but is it true in regard to the general commerce of the country? That is a point that my hon. friends to my right ought to consider