Over all the period of
Canada's history from confederation down j 2 ilpO
to the present time. Let me turn to the record of this government from 1923 to 1928 inclusive. These are the figures:
Imports from United Kingdom
Dutiable goods $901,000,000
Free goods 205,000,000
Or only 18 per cent free.
Imports from United States
Dutiable goods $2,502,000,000
Free goods 1,797,000,000
In other words, during the last seven years 42 per cent of 'the goods we imported from the United States were admitted free of duty. Let us compare the totals. The totals for the whole period since confederation are as follows:
From the United Kingdom. $ 4,400,000,000
From the United States.. 13,300,000,000
In other words, six times as much free goods entered this country from the United States as from Great Britain. I ask where the keystone of the foreign trade of this country is. I ask the minister: Where is the enthusiasm
on the part of the government for the upbuilding of empire trade?
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE