Mr. J. J. KINLEY (Queens-Lunenburg):
Before the orders of the day are called I desire to inquire of the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler) with regard to a press report appearing in both the Halifax Chronicle and the Halifax Herald of March 7
to the effect that Cuba would apply the maximum tariff to Canadian imports because of Canada's failure to purchase in Cuba even twenty-five per cent of the value of that island's purchases in Canada. Under the tariff system prevailing there another nation must buy fifty per cent or more to get the advantage of the lower tariff. This announcement was made by Mr. T. E. Palma, Cuban consul in Halifax. Does the minister accept the imputation that we do not purchase in Cuba twenty-five per cent of the value of that island's purchases in Canada? Would other countries be affected? Does the prohibition include codfish? Is a solution being sought for the difficulty, which is of serious moment to the business interests of my constituency, as regards both present conditions and future prospects?
Subtopic: CUBAN TARIFF