I did not catch it. Let me point out that if our action is reprehensible in regard to what we now propose to give the dairymen of Canada in order to afford reasonable protection against this unfair competition, how much more reprehensible was the action of the government itself in imposing that 6 cent dump against Australian butter. Surely this is an inconsistency that cannot be possibly explained or evaded. I am not saying that the 6 cent dump should not have been applied, but what I say, and what we on this side have said since the inception of the discussion on this treaty, is that the original draft of the treaty made by the late Minister of Finance, when he was Minister of Trade and Commerce, was the draft which should have come before this house. It was the draft of the treaty in which the general tariff was increased, and the then existing duties were maintained against Australia and New Zealand in regard to these particular articles. That is our argument, and that has been our argument from start to finish. It is useless for the minister to review all branches of trade between Canada and Australia, drawing attention to advantages here or advantages there, increases here and increases there, we all admit that and welcome it. But what we say is that if one industry of this Dominion has to suffer severely, then this parliament ought to take cognizance of that instance.
The minister read from a farm journal a moment ago, but I did not recognize it as
one of the well known dairy journals. I have in my hand one of the most outstanding dairy journals in eastern Canada, the Farm and Dairy, published in Peterborough, from which I should like to read just one paragraph:
Letters on the New Zealand butter menace still continue to arrive at the office of Farm and Dairy. From Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, producers, manufacturers and dealers are emphatic in declaring that ever-increasing importations are working disaster to the dairy industry of Canada.
I wish the minister had had the courtesy to wait until I finished reading this extract. It continues:
There is no questioning the fact that the New Zealand imports are having a depressing effect on our winter prices. The situation discourages winter production. The remedy, the correspondents point out, is the restoration of the four cent duty on butter in effect before the passing of the Australian treaty and the New Zealand order in council.
That is an extract from the most outstanding authority on farm and dairy activities in Canada. Then ithe minister went on to dilate on the growing internal market, and the fact that there had been an increase in consumption. An hour or tiwo previously, the real Minister of Agriculture appeared before a conference of dairymen that has been heralded from one end of the country to the other. We are sorry the minister has been ill and not able to attend the house but I learn that he has been attending to his duties to-day, hence his attendance at the conference. This meeting of dairymen has been called in the interests of the dairy industry, and we read the following statement from this evening's edition of the Ottawa Citizen:
Canada had witnessed year by year the disappearance of farm products from the export market, said the minister. He cited the fact that eggs had completely vanished as an item of Canadian overseas trade, while butter was going the same way. There were some who felt satisfaction over this condition inasmuch as it indicated greater consumption in the domestic market-
That is the very argument the Minister of Trade and Commerce has been labouring during the last three-quarters of an hour. Hiis colleague the Minister of Agriculture used the language I am now reading, and he is a greater authority on the subject. The quotation continues:
But when one saw Canadian bacon also disappearing from the export market, then a situation was created which could be viewed only with concern. This country, which had been an exporter of bacon for the past 50 years, was now on an import basis; while exports of cheese were going down.
Australian Treaty-Mr. Stevens
Here is the statement of the Minister of Agriculture who belongs to the very same government as the minister who has just spoken. In the minister's statement he deplored the falling off in the dairy industry.