Mr. Speaker, I wonder if my hon. friend thinks that all those who are engaged in industry in this country are capable of reading the minds of my hon. friend and his friends to know just who is going to be singled out next? What reason had the automobile industry to expect that this attack would be made upon them? They had the definite declarations of the Prime Minister, made from one end of this country to the other, and made specifically in the Speech from the Throne delivered at the opening of this House, that the tariff would not be touched until an independent body had given the matter consideration. I am sorry he is not in his seat, but I wonder if my hon. friend from North Bruce (Mr. Malcolm) is worrying in his home town whether he should come down here and present his case to the government, and ascertain whether the duty is to be taken off furniture next.
The next point on which I would like to say a word is this: My hon. friend says:
If, after investigation by the tariff board, conditions are found to be such that this industry cannot carry on, we will reconsider the matter. They will reconsider, not before the industry is closed, not before these workingmen are forced to leave Canada. No, but after they have gone to the United States to get work, then they are prepared to listen to any representations they may make as to whether there is any possibility of re-establishing themselves in this country.
My hon. friend referred to the implement industry, and to the fact that it was found that certain firms engaged in the manufacture of agricultural implements could carry on notwithstanding the reductions made in the tariff. That is true. I believe some of them are
carrying on, bufc let me from memory just give you the statement of Mr. Vincent Massey in relation to that. Speaking in the county of Durham, where he was a candidate for the House of Commons in the last election, he said: When the duty was taken off agricultural implements, there was very great concern in the agricultural implement industry, but we waited on the government. Who are we? Mr. Vincent Massey. Then what happened. He says: Concessions were made to us by taking the duty off steel and other products of allied industries which go into the manufacture of agricultural implements, with the result that we were able to carry on and make just as much money as before. But, Mr. Speaker, the steel industry went out of business.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL
Sub-subtopic: FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE