February 14, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

They did not like it, but we did. We took it and carried it through. The Tory party of Canada for years has never liked the idea of an agreement
Canada-UJi. Trade Agreement

with the United States. Whenever that party occupies the treasury benches the public may look in vain for anything in the nature of an agreement ever coming into force. That was why with its willingness to negotiate it was possible for the present administration to effect an agreement in such quick order. I remember saying during the campaign that if the Liberal party were returned to power I believed that with the readiness of the United States to negotiate a reciprocal agreement, with what I knew to be the desire of the Liberal party in Canada to negotiate an agreement, we could effect an agreement in three weeks. We effected it inside of three weeks, for the very reason that we liked it. I may say to my hon. friends opposite that the country liked it. The country likes what has been done up to the present, and the country likes what we are doing to-day.

Topic:   TRADE AGREEMENTS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-MOTION FOR APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION
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