October 16, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. D. HENDERSON (Halton).

If the law is defective and does not give authority to the inspector to impose a speedy yemedy,

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it should be amended. But I approve of the printing of 40,000 copies of this special report and sending it broadcast throughout the country. It is evident, from the report, that the farmers have been imposed upon, and they should be made aware of it. According to the evidence, out of fourteen cases in which binder twine was found to be short in measurement, one came from Mexico, one from England, one from Canada and eleven from the States. Surely that should warn farmers against purchasing American binder twine. In order to get rid of this American twine and prevent our people being imposed upon, we should go back to the old principle and put a duty on the foreign article which will keep it out of the country.
It is quite evident that if encouragement were given to the manufacture of binder twine in this country, that all we want could be made in Canada. Nearly fifty per cent of our twine is manufactured in Canada now, even under the great difficulties that exist. The United States manufacturers have access to our market free of duty and they have their own market to sell their products, in which market Canadians are prohibited from entering by the tariff duties. All that our producers have is a portion of that Canadian market. I say that more encouragement should be given to men who produce an honest article and sell the farmers honest measure, and so prevent the twine from the United States being disposed of to our farmers who unwittingly buy it thinking -that they are buying an honest article. I want the farmers to be educated on this point. I think that it will result in bringing about a far better state of things; that our farmers will be guarded ag)ain,st buying American- twine and will see that it is to their interest to encourage this industry which, we believe can be doubled in extent, thus benefiting our workmen engaged in this industry as well as our farmers who buy the goods. I look upon the report as most important, and I believe that the greater currency that can be given to it the better in all interests.

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