Mr. C. A. CAMPBELL (Frontenac-Addington) moved:
That, in the opinion of this house, the best interests of Canada demand that the burden of customs taxation be lessened on the instruments of production in the mining industry, and to this end, mining machinery, and articles required in the said industry be free from customs duties.
He said: Mr. Speaker, it is unfortunate that the time left before six o'clock will not permit me to place before the house all the facts I have before me. Briefly my reason for moving this motion is, not to embarrass the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes) at all but simply to bring before the house the situation at the present time of the mining industry in Canada.
The mining industry in Canada embraces not only gold mining but the mining of all other metals, fuels, oils and gas; non-metallics; also sand, gravel, construction and quarry materials.
The taxes on the mining industry have mounted at such a rate that in some instances it is a question whether the industry can carry on or not. The only reason we have been able to carry on so far has been the advancement that has been made by engineers, research men and operators in the industry, by whose efforts costs have been lowered from year to year.
I should like in the few moments left to place before the house what has happened in respect to the rapid increase in taxes on the mining industry.
Subtopic: PROPOSED REDUCTION IN CUSTOMS DUTIES ON INSTRUMENTS OP PRODUCTION