June 2, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Michael Clark


Mr. CLARK (Red Deer):

They are certainly postponing the getting of it to the Ides of March. Do the Government expect to get these credits back? Was that part of their policy carried out simply as a straight steal from the consumers of Canada to give to their' friends the manufacturers? If they do expect those credits hack from Roumania,. the only way they can get them back is by importing goods from Roumania, and they are preventing those goods from coming in by means of what amounts to a prohibitive tariff.
There is only one other point I want to emphasize, and that is the point that was raised by my hon. friend from Neepawa (Mr. Davis). Do they suppose they will put Germany out of business by this little act in this country. All that we do by these silly retaliatory, hateful, and in the long run, immoral acts is to drive the trade of Germany elsewhere. We cut off our nose to spite our face, and we build up the trade of other countries; that is what we do. Those who have looked carefully into this thing, and who have been engaged in the importing trade in this country, think it likely that quite an amount of these goods will come to us through the United States. If these goods do not come to us, certainly the United States will increase her tr'ade enormously, or at least to the extent of the trade which we absolutely cut off with these countries. Now, we have certain friendships with the United States, but we have also certain rivalries, and I should have thought this Government, of all governments, would have asked before it embarked upon such a policy: Is it worth while undertaking a policy which will have for one of its direct effects the building up of our commercial rival's trade with other countries in Europe? That is an aspect of the case which perhaps has not occurred to them. If it has not, I would like to know what the Government think about it when we take this up, I should be inclined to think, at a future sitting of the House.
I have pointed out these things as the practical results of their policy. I do not think there is any doubt about them. I have already admitted that I do not think their effects spell national disaster', because our trade with all these countries was comparatively small. I think the previous
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clause is more serious for this country, because it affects our trade with the United States, or will, if taken advantage of to any great extent, but to the extent that this clause is operative at all, it will' lead to the results I have stated, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We are doing the best we can along these lines, I repeat, to diminish our' trade, to produce unemployment, to raise the cost of living to those who are unemployed, and to bring about national' commercial trouble and disaster.

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