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

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I will be delighted to place a copy of it on the table. I have not a copy of the document in my pocket at this moment. If my hon. friend had given notice that he intended to ask for it I would have produced it. He, no doubt, a few moments before I entered the House said that he intended to raise the question. But my hon. friend admits the document to have been sent out because he asks : Where are the words in the circular stating that they are not closing ? I do not remember those words, but the essence of that circular is that they were inviting orders and if they were closing their mills how could they invite orders ? I say that the company has issued a circular referring to the recent reports, to prevent misunderstanding, stating that they desire to notify their customers that they are still doing business and that they are inviting orders. That is the substance of the circular sent to their customers a copy of which passed under my hand. I think I can obtain the copy again. It has already been published in the newspapers _ within the last day or two if I am not mistaken. I think I saw a copy of it in one of the Toronto papers. At all events, I gave the statement, not on the authority of a private letter, but on the authority of a circular issued by the company stating that they were still doing business and inviting orders. What effect that may have upon the general question of the woollen trade or the tariff generally I do not propose to discuss to-dtiy. But, I have stated the substance of the circular which is a public letter. I think I can give the hon. gentleman the document itself.

Topic:   THE TARIFF-WOOLLEN AND COTTON DUTIES.
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