April 19, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert Abercrombie Pringle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBERT A. PRINGLE (Cornwall and Stormont).

tariff so tliat they can give to their working men the same wages as are given in the United States of America. Now, Sir. I referred yesterday to the campaign sheets that have been circulated all through the western country with the frank of the Minister of the Interior. I have another one of them here, and it says :
Never were manufacturers so busy.
When I call the attention of the House to this fact, that the woollen industry of this country is depressed that the woollen mills of this country are being closed down, I am told by the Minister of Finance that this is not true, that he holds in his possession a letter to the effect that these mills are not closing down. I ask the Minister of Finance to put that letter on the table. Let us see that letter-because I am informed there is no such letter, that the only letter which has been sent out to the trade in this country is a ietttr simply to the effect that they are still taking orders.
That all orders accepted by us will as heretofore be filled on the terms and at the date agreed upon without fail.
Now, Sir, I referred yesterday to the different statements made by the ministers of this government. We have the Minister of the Interior going into the wfest advocating a low tariff, we have the Minister of Marine and Fisheries going into the manufacturing centres and advocating a higher tariff. We have had an accession to the cabinet lately, we have had the Hon. Charles S. Hyman, of London. I hope that that hon. gentlemen will stand no for the policy of Canada for the Canadians. I wish to quote some language of lu's as reported in the Toronto ' Globe,' and I want to know what it means, if it does not mean more protection. I am free to admit that I don't care where the protection comes from, whether it comes from the Liberals or whether it comes from Conservatives. What I do want to 'see is the workingmen of this country protected. I do not want to see what has occurred in my town last year, numbers of these men who had gathered together a little money, who had comfortable homes, and they have been put out of employment and compelled to leave the town because of the closing of the woollen mill. They were trained specially as operatives of a woollen mill, and they not only had to leave the town, but they had to go to the United States of America. I want to see these people kept in our own country, and we can keep them here if we adopt a proper policy in this country. Now let ns see what the hon. member for London (Hon. Mr. Hyman) said :
The Grand Trunk Pacific, in giving cheap transportation in the west, would go a long way towards making a protective tariff popular. Mr

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