February 18, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I desire to remind the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) of the statement that he proposed bringing down with respect to the German tariff as applied to other portions of the empire. In that connection, I would like to point out that the memorandum laid on the table of the House enumerates certain articles as they are enumerated in the German con. ventional tariff. It omits, however, certain information which was submitted to the House in the papers brought down with respect to the French treaty. It does not disclose the duties applied to these articles under the conventional tariff, or the maximum tariff. Perhaps the hon. gentleman will be good enough to have a statement made conveying that information, so that we can more easily appreciate what will be the effect of the arrangement which has been entered into.
In addition to that, I observe, that, by the third article of the agreement which has been entered into with the imperial German consul for Canada, the agreement itself is a provisional one, and that the question of a general convention for the regulation of commercial relations between Germany and Canada should be deferred for consideration at a time that may be found mutually convenient. I would ask if such negotiations are now in progress, and, if not presently in progress, whether it is the intention of the government to embark upon such negotiations immediately?

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