Sir HENRY DRAYTON:
cocoas are comparatively cheap, much cheaper than the Trinidad cocoa. I understand that the cocoa question is a very live question for Trinidad, and that they have been asking for the specific concession which they have here. I have been advised by those in the manu-
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facturing business that they can use in their mix only a certain percentage of the Trinidad cocoa, and that no more Trinidad cocoa will be bought at all as a result of this preference, because this preference, although it is relatively good, would still leave the Trinidad cocoas considerably more expensive than the African cocoas, and the manufacturers would still have to have for the purpose of their mix the cheaper cocoas of Africa. That will mean additional taxation to the Canadian manufacturer on the raw material which he will still have to continue to import from Africa. I have no doubt the question has been brought to my hon. friend's attention. I am told that that will make a considerable difference; that it will make it impossible for manufacturers here to continue manufacturing the sweets which are sold in bars, the package sweets with a chocolate content; that they can be produced no longer for five cents, and that the effect will also be to raise the cost of manufacturing here. It is urged that some attention ought to be paid in the general tariff schedules to our production of confectionery of this kind. I just bring these points to the attention of my hon. friend. I do not ask him to deal with them to-night.
Subtopic: CANADA-WEST INDIES TRADE AGREEMENT, 1925