Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
I understand that what is being done in this item is to restore a position which previously obtained, from 1936 to 1938, in connection with the United States trade agreement. In the new agreement of 1938 the arrangement was dropped and is now being revived. It is not a new proposal at all, except with reference to a portion coming under the intermediate and general tariffs. Everything is to be made free. This machinery and apparatus for use exclusively in producing unrefined oil from shale, for instance, is of a class or kind not made in Canada. It is intended, I think, to help in the development of the oil shales of New Brunswick and eastern Canada generally; that is part 1. Part 2 is to help in the development of the oil sands. Part 1 does not include the motive power, which I understand is of a class or kind made in Canada, and the protection heretofore given on that is being continued. I see no great objection to the passing of this item as it is, if we understand the position historically and what is now being sought. I have an idea that previously it was all one item and it is now being separated. In any event all this machinery and apparatus, which is of a class or kind not made in Canada, is being put on the free list. That is in accordance with government policy; I am not objecting to it, and I think we might carry the item.
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF