Mr. ROSS (Moose Jaw):
It is therefore
about time the government made some real reductions in tariffs in order to start this thing going. It is recognized that the sentiment of the people, in this country, in Great Britain, and in the United States of America, has changed greatly in regard to trade matters. A majority in all these countries is of the opinion that trade between the democratic nations of the world should be unfettered.
I repeat, I do not know how we are going to be able to do anything about it after the war if we are not ready to do it now. Therefore I am sorry that this budget has not provided for drastic reductions in the tariff.
I think something should be said by hon. members with a view to seeing that those changes are made when the next budget comes down. Is it not ridiculous that Canada, a highly industrialized country, which is giving to Great Britain the greater part of a billion dollars in war goods manufactured in this country, for the purpose of helping her and ourselves in this war, and deferring until after the war the repayment of a loan of some $700,000,000, should be sending these goods to Great Britain in that way because it is impossible for Great Britain to pay for them in goods?
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF