My right hon. friend said, for instance, that our policy virtually shut out trade. He may interpret it in that way if he so chooses, but that is not our view of the situation at all. Then the right hon. gentleman asked for a declaration of the principles of the government in connection with trade. Would not that come more properly from the lips of the Prime Minister when he delivers his budget speech, in the course of the next few days?
It is well known that this party stands for protection, in the generally accepted meaning of that word. It is well known that we stand for the development of Canada industrially and for the utilization of our resources to the greatest possible advantage. These things are well known. The right hon. gentleman and his colleagues have argued this matter with hon. members on this side, to my own knowledge and participation, for at least twenty years. I do not want to say that we never could get together, but generally speaking we have agreed to disagree on our interpretation of what these things mean. But the country has decided that question; we have been placed here for the purpose
of carrying out the policies which the country understood us to enunciate, and we are trying to carry them out.
My right hon. friend is quite correct in saying that we are anxious to develop trade within the empire. We are bending our efforts in that direction. I may say that we are hoping that the trade arrangement with Australia may be closed in the very near future. Really the cause of the delay has been the disturbed economic and political conditions in that country. These have had nothing to do with us directly, but undoubtedly they have embarrassed the government of Australia somewhat in determining this matter. We hope it may be decided in the near future, and the trade agreement placed before this house for its approval. We hope also to work out a satisfactory agreement with New Zealand, something we never had before. We simply extended to that country by order in council certain relationships which existed with other countries, but we are working on that matter now. The same thing applies to South Africa. We really have expectations of improving trade relations between this Dominion and the rest of the empire, to the advantage of all concerned.
At this time I do not wish to enter into a discussion of the fiscal policy of the country, which comes more properly on the budget debate.