May 7, 1929

LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

Does not the hon. gentleman see that as soon as they are placed in the advantageous position which it appears they will be in when the schedule goes through other people will come into competition with them and they will not retain the $66,000? It will induce competition in the business. With regard to the Montreal concern about which my hon. friend from Kingston is so solicitous,

I understand that this is an American company with its head office in Boston. This is the first time I have known the hon. gentleman to be so anxious about the welfare of people in Boston.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

But the company is employing Canadian labour.

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

Suppose it employs ten or twenty persons, what difference does that make? I hope more American branches will come over.

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LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

As a matter of fact, how much white labour is employed in Montreal in this business?

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

As a member for Montreal you should know. You should be in your place fighting even for one little company.

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LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

I have to look after my own little cocoanut in Montreal.

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LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. ADSHEAD:

I a.m not surprised that there are so many protectionists on the Liberal side. The hon. member argues that if the tariff were kept on there would be more competition, and that is one of the worst protectionist arguments I have ever heard.

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LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

I am not ashamed of my

protectionist views.

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LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. ADSHEAD:

I know now why Sir

Wilfrid Laurier was defeated in 1911: there were so many men pretending to be free traders while they were protectionists, and who absolutely crucified Sir Wilfrid Laurier for his free trade principles.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

I am glad that my hon. friend has at last found one outspoken protectionist on the Liberal slide. For years he and his friends have been telling how the Liberal party is honeycombed with protectionists and now he has found one member

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of the Liberal party who will justify himself and his friends in making that statement for a long time to come.

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PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. CAMPBELL:

The rest of us have

known that to be the fact all along.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

The hon. member for Mackenzie has been saying a lot of things he has known, and now I am glad he has made this statement in the house because he has been making statements throughout the country which he has not made in the house.

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PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. CAMPBELL:

The hon. members from Saskatchewan had a good many things to say about the tariff which they have not said in this house.

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Item agreed to.


LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. ADSHEAD:

I have one more word to say. There are a number of items in this tariff which give to the manufacturers distinct advantages which virtually means raising the prices of these articles to the consumer. I hope that when this parliament meets next session there will be a different attitude shown towards the tariff policy, just as there has been a different attitude Shown toward the income tax policy. If there is not a change, as far as I am concerned I will have to vote against the government.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

I would like to know how my hon.. friend from East Calgary expects the government to bring forward a low tariff policy while he supports them in their high tariff policy.

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LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. ADSHEAD:

I do not suppose this is pertinent to the question, 'but I might say that I was all right when I voted against the government all the time last year, but because I see differently this year I am all wrong.

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Item agreed to. Resolutions reported, read the second time and concurred in.


CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT

May 7, 1929