Mr. C. E. FERLAND (Joliette-L'Assomp-tion-Montcalm):
Mr. Speaker, in rising to oppose this amendment to the Excise Act I wish first to express my deep regret that the tax on Canadian raw leaf tobacco has been increased from 10 cents to 20 cents a pound. I protest again against this excessive tax on the Canadian natural product, for which in my district the farmer is paid only 10 cents a pound. I believe the new tax will give the coup de grace, the final stroke, to the tobacco industry in my district in Quebec. The constituency of Joliette-L'Assomption-Montcalm is the largest centre of production of raw leaf pipe tobacco in Quebec, and in that district there has been a high development of production and distribution.
Our Quebec tobaccos have been popular throughout Canada, and pipe smokers know very well that the tobacco produced in my district is of the best. During the first great war a tax of 5 cents a pound was placed on