Mr. MacLEAN (Prince) :
History gives us to understand that the national policy of high protection was inaugurated in Canada to protect our infant industries, and when those infant industries got on their feet the party of our hon. friends opposite was pledged to do away with this high protection policy and adopt a policy of lower tariffs. But those "infant" industries, many of them now hoary with age, are still clamouring for more and more protection. And every time they shout, our friends opposite come to their assistance and are 'willing to give them higher and higher protection. When all those industrialists and manufacturers climb on the back of the farmer he has pretty heavy going.
Our hon. friends opposite must be either for or against this agreement. They cannot ride
two horses; they cannot eat their cake and have it too. They will have to make a decision on this matter, and their time to make it is not far away.
On page 1070 of Hansard of this session the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) is reported as saying that he is absolutely opposed to a prohibitive tariff. But from 1930 to 1935 he was a member of a government which imposed the highest tariff that was ever imposed in this country; if ever there was a tariff that could be described as a prohibitive tariff, that was it. And we know what the results were.
Subtopic: DEBATE ON MOTION FOB APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION