June 4, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Gage Workman Montgomery

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Montgomery:

I am not quite clear, and perhaps the minister could make it more plain, who instigates this action to increase this duty. Is it the department on its own initiative that gives instructions to the customs collectors at points of entry or does the department just act when a request is received from an industry? For instance, you raised the duty on these textile goods, and it went up from month to month. Who instigated that? Was it your customs men at the border who took action as the goods came through or was this done at the request of an industry? I should like that cleared up.

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