I should like to ask a question of the hon. gentleman. If a factory has been manufacturing a particular class of commodity and closes down temporarily with a large stock on hand, would not that be a case in which there were goods for sale of a class or kind made in Canada?
I refer my hon. friend to the decision of the tariff board which I understand has finally been reluctantly accepted by the government, that they are not goods of a class or kind made in Canada. I ask the minister if he will give us whatever information he has in support of the decision of the appraisers that these goods were of a class or kind made in Canada and therefore the dumping duty and the extra five per cent should be imposed?
Has the minister before him any reports in connection with the plant at Sarnia which was supposed to be manufacturing tinplate? I should like to know the number of employees and the production, say for October and November, 1933.
The minister has been long enough in this house to know that a minister does not answer things personally, I am asking him for the information his appraisers had with regard to the activities of any plant then producing in Canada.
Since he has been in the department has the minister made any investigation himself as to the activities and the amount of production of the plant now alleged to be operating in Sarnia in the manufacture of tinplate?