The minister made some reference to cigarettes, and the leader of the opposition has indicated that the minister may be using the cigarette trade as a means for collecting additional revenue. I should like to know if there is any such plan that has peculiar application to western Canada. I hold in my hand a package of Sweet Caporal cigarettes made by the Imperial Tobacco company. This package contains twenty-two cigarettes. When I was home at Easter
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I found that the same package in Saskatchewan contains only twenty cigarettes but is sold at exactly the same price. That represents an increase in price'of 2i cents or 10 per cent in Saskatchewan as compared with Ontario. Is that due to an effort on the part of the government to collect additional revenue, or is it a device on the part of the manufacturer to collect an additional price from the people of Saskatchewan? It cannot be explained by freight, which is the usual excuse advanced by manufacturers for imposing an increased price upon those of us who live in western Canada.