agriculture? Agriculture, I gay, is sold for the benefit of others. Because of privilege carried to an absurdity in this country we shall always be in the position of seeking trade treaties which are bound to be unfair to one class or other in Canada. The farmers of this country desire no privileges. All they want is to be free to develop their own industry, to work out their own destiny, and to be able to compete on an even footing with the rest of the world.
representative of an apple-growing district, I am interested in that phase of the treaty which has to do with dehydrated fruit. I am compelled to say that my constituents take the same stand as the member from British Columbia (Mr. Stirling) who spoke just recently on the question. In my constituency we have one of the best dehydrating plants in the Dominion, and it was built without any government assistance. The industry of dehydrating fruit is growing, and I think it is my duty to bring to the attention of the minister the fact that I have received a number of telegrams from the fruit growers and other interested persons in my riding objecting to the clause in the treaty dealing with the admission of dehydrated fruit at 10 per cent.
is regrettable that this treaty was not brought down earlier for discussion, but now it is before us I think it should be discussed on its merits. It seems to me that we have to ask ourselves: What disadvantages do we suffer in entering into this treaty; and what advantages do we acquire? The disadvantages, as far as one can judge, are not many. The question as to whether the treaty adversely affects our agricultural interests has been debated; but can we say with any degree of reason that Australia can compete with Canada in agricultural products in view of the great distance separating the tVo countries?
prove very satisfactory to Australia in many ways. It would be futile for us to attempt to negotiate any treaty unless the party on the other side were to receive some advantage. But I believe the advantages which Australia is to receive will be beneficial to her and will not be prejudicial to Canada.
so. I do not see how under this treaty Australia can export many articles to Canada on advantageous lines, but there are some she can export, and I hope she will build up a good trade in those lines which we ourselves cannot very profitably produce.