May 13, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


John Archibald Maharg



If the hon. gentleman
wishes to ask questions,' I shall be only too glad to answer them, but I am not going to permit the hon. gentleman or any other hon. gentleman to put words into my mouth. I reserve that right to myself.

I want to go just a little further before I leave the remarks made this afternoon by the Prime Minister. In describing the amendment this afternoon, the Prime Minister, from his words, would indicate that he considered it a protectionist amendment. He cited case after case to show that there was nothing in the amendment to lead one to believe that there would be any reduction in the tariff. Evidently, he is of opinion that it is a protectionist document. A couple of days ago, when the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Ballantyne) was speaking in this House, he viewed the amendment with alarm; he claimed that it would put our industries out of business. It would be very wise for the Prime Minister and his colleagues to get together before they start contradicting one another on the floor of the House.
The Prime Minister also gave us another illustration this afternoon in connection with cream separators. He dealt with this particular matter when he was on his tour of Western Canada, and I remember very well, in listening to him at one of the meetings, when he took up the question of cream separators, that he took his favourite pose, he turned to the chairman and he said, "Cream separators, Mr. chairman," as though the name "cream separators," or the manufacture of them, Was a joke. Speaking in this House on the Address in reply to the speech from His Excellency, the Minister of Militia and Defence (Mr. Guthrie) undertook to talk about cream separators. He was holding forth on a tirade against the United Grain Growers for purchasing their machinery requirements largely in the United States. Amongst other things he illustrated the cream separator industry. He was holding the United Grain Growers up as buying from the United States articles which they could secure in this country. The Prime Minister, in his western tour, told the people of that section of Canada that practically no cream separators were manufactured in this country. As he said, even the United Grain Growers had to go to the United States to secure cream separators. The Prime Minister wanted to leave the impression in the West that, because .[DOT]ream separators were on the free list, no cream separators were manufactured in Canada. The Minister of Militia and Defence undertook to prove to the House that there was an abundance of them manufactured in Canada, and he scored the
Farmers' organization for not purchasing Canadian made goods when it was possible for them to do so. That is another illustration why they should get together. We want to look into this matter a little further in order to see what there really was in the statement of the Prime Minister in the West, when the most that he would admit was that there were a few assembling plants in Canada. In 1910, we had four establishments manufacturing cream separators, and the value of their output in that year was $639,656. In 1919, nine years later, we had seven cream separator plants working in Canada, and the value of their output had increased from $639,656 to $2,030,093. That does not look as though the cream separator business had been hurt very much in Canada because cream separators were on the free list. This is another case in which it would be wise for the Prime Minister to inform himself.

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