April 4, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

Total trade: exports,
calendar year, 1935, $825,284,114; calendar year 1937, $1,110,192,151. I should like to point out particularly the increase in the exports to the United States. In the calendar year 1935 the exports were $358,569,736. They increased in 1937 to $470,181,046. I could go
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right down through the list of countries with which this government has arranged trade treaties and point to a marked and continuing improvement in exports from Canada to those countries. It may be and indeed it has been said on occasion that the trade with the United States would have occurred whether or not there had been a reciprocity agreement. That suggestion has been controverted time and time again in this house, but I think it. may be useful at this time to indicate exactly the manner in which our trade with the United States has increased.
I deal with domestic exports from Canada to the United States for the twelve months ending December 31, 1935, 1936 and 1937, and I shall take, first, items subject to reduction in rate of duty:
1935 $35,723,003
1936 59,281,878
1937 64,582,861
In other words, there has been a steady expansion, an increase of 80 per cent in 1937 as compared with 1935. The next is items bound by a low rate:
1935 $3,482,351
1936 4.751,407
1937 2,744,964
Next I take items bound to free entry:
1935 $129,813,279
1936 152,775,607
1937 189,350,813

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   MEASURE FOR ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS
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