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

CON

James Earl Lawson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAWSON:

I realize that there will be always a division of opinion in this country as to the extent to which we benefit by trade agreements which throw our export and import trade out of balance. I am not going to attempt to argue at any length that age-old question of the benefits of expanding trade irrespective of the effect it may have upon our secondary industries as against the policy of protection for industry and equal opportunity for Canadians in their own market. However, I want to point out that nothing can be more misleading or less effective in argument than the mere recitation, such as the minister gave this afternoon, of increasing exports year after year, when one fails to give side by side with those figures the increasing imports or increasing world trade.

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