March 9, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William John Ward

Liberal

Mr. WARD :

There are only eleven millions of people in Canada. We can eat only so much, and beyond that point we must export. The fishermen of Nova Scotia can consume only so much fish; the rest must be exported. Of our 400,000,000-bushel production of wheat we consume from one hundred to one hundred and ten millions, and the remainder must be exported. The same is true with regard to our cattle, our cheese, our butter, and so forth. Anyone who looks at the statements

Canada-United States Trade Agreement
issued from time to time by the Department of Finance cannot but be impressed with this fact, that ninety-six per cent of the total trade of the world is done in the exchange of goods for goods. That goes to show that if we do not buy we shall not sell. That is why we from the west insist that we must import goods. It is not that we want to put any Canadian industry out of business, or damage any of the other industries of this country. But it is an economic impossibility to dispose of the vast surplus of goods produced in western Canada unless they are sold in the markets of the world.

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION
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