March 9, 1953 (21st Parliament, 7th Session)


James Horace King


Mr. Mackenzie King:

Oh, yes, he did; he would
regret having done it, and he would come to see the wisdom of an agreement being negotiated with that country. That prophecy came true. It is not like the prophecies of my right hon. friend. He shakes his head and says 'No." Then he explains his whole position, because he now makes it perfectly clear that he never actually intended to try to secure an agreement.
We go a little further and we find that later on when the house was considering the agreement itself Mr. Maybank, who was then a new member in the house, said this, as reported at page 818 of Hansard:
No; we do not have to worry about the balance of trade with any particular country. We all know now; we have learned to our sorrow in the last five years, that we cannot sell if we do not buy, and that people outside cannot sell to us if they will not buy from us. Naturally I shall support this treaty because it is the one bright spot in the fiscal policy panorama of this country for a great many years.
I go on a little further and I find that a vote was taken on the agreement. It will be very interesting to learn how that vote went. I do not suppose it would be permissible to put the names of those who voted against the agreement on the record, but I will read a few of them. Thirty-nine Conservatives voted against the agreement. There was Mr. Barber who was then the member for Fraser Valley; Mr. Beaubier, the member for Brandon; the Right Hon. R. B. Bennett; Mr. Casselman, the whip of the Conservative party; two or three other members from British Columbia; Mr. Graydon; Mr. Perley, the member for Qu'Appelle, and several other members from Ontario and from different parts of the country. Apparently the party voted solidly against that agreement. I thought it was worth while, Mr. Speaker, to put that on the record because we believe that that agreement of 1935 brought more by way of prosperity to Canada than any other single act that could have been committed by any government; but it was followed within a few months by fifteen more trade agreements entered into with different countries by the government of Mackenzie King. Our

prosperity and our economy went up and up. I have some figures here to show-

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