Yes, Mr. Speaker. I had not intended saying anything on this subject, but I was wondering whether or not the government, in their protest as they call it, had given consideration to the fact that Canadians have bought goods from the United States to the tune of over $1 billion? Instead of sending protests in box car sized letters, possibly the United States might be prevailed upon to believe that it would seem only reasonable that if they want to sell this amount of goods they should take something back from us such as our lead and zinc.
I do not know what the government said in their protests. I would think, however, if we approached the United States government on a reasonable basis, because trade is a twoway street, we would get a lot farther than by making long speeches and sending big protests in box car size letters telling the United States what we are going to do.
Topic: TRADE-PROPOSED UNITED STATES TARIFF ON BASE METALS
Tomorrow, we shall commence with item No. 6 on today's order paper, the second reading of a bill to provide for the stabilization of the prices of agricultural commodities. If that should be finished, then instead of going on with citizenship and immigration estimates, as I mentioned last Monday, we shall take the estimates of the Department of Finance.
We have now reached the point where, according to the house leader's own estimate, the session is drawing to a close. I saw some time ago where it was the intention to move at a later date that Monday and Tuesday mornings be taken away from the house and, that being the case, I think there should be some indication of what they intend to take up during the remainder of this week.