The evidence was quite the opposite. But that has nothing to do with the matter at the moment.
Let us go a step further. The hon. member for Portage la Prairie (Mr. Leader) said the other afternoon that the implement tariff of 25 per cent imposed in 1930 was the highest tariff that we have had in this country. It was. It was put into effect purposely. It was done for one purpose and one only-to secure the home market to the Canadian producer. I am not putting that forward as a partisan matter. It was intended to do that very thing; it did it, and what was the result? Notwithstanding the fact that we had drought and other bad conditions, there was a lowering of prices in this dominion. There was the effect, and it was logical. How could it be anything else? You have reduced your unit costs because you have given the manufacturer an expanding volume of business, and of course he is able to reduce his price. I have not any doubt in the world that if the agricultural implement producers in this country
had a 17J per cent tariff they could reduce their prices, and I have not any doubt that they would do it.
Subtopic: MOTION FOB CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT PRESENTED APRIL 8, 1937