Yes/ The tariff
was not imposed gradually at all, but with
ghastly suddenness. .At the special session the British people were given not simply a swat in one eye but all over the face by this government jacking up the tariff sky high on many British commodities, followed by a further raise in 1931, and now they are following last year's imposition of a one per cent import tax by an increase this year of two hundred per cent, and applying that tax to all commodities no matter where they come from. How can the government defend such a horrible piece of hypocrisy, preaching intraempire trade and practising exclusion? Really I have no language with which to describe it adequately. I shall have to get a new vocabulary, Mr. Speaker, to express what I think of it. When the government were in the midst of doing these things here is what the Minister of Trade and Commerce said at the special session of 1930. The government put up such a magnificent bluff on that occasion that we all thought that they were going to do something, that they were not going to make blooming asses of themselves. Here is what the Minister of Trade and Commerce said:
But we are going there-
That was to the Imperial conference.
-also in a spirit of good will.
If I gave my colleague to my right a cuff on the ear, Mr. Speaker, would he call that good will?
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE