March 26, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Edward Hackett


Mr. EDWARD HACKETT (West Prince, P.E.I.).

Mr. Speaker, in rising to make a few observations on the question now being discussed by the House, I desire to say that it is not my intention to speak at any length. I am thankful indeed that the right lion, the leader of the government so kindly consented to the adjournment of the House last night. I think his intention was to go on for some time longer, but he courteously consented to the adjournment, and instead of forcing me to speak last night, gave me an opportunity of addressing the House this afternoon. I believe, Mr. Speaker, that the question under discussion now is chiefly : Protection to the industries of Canada. I had the honour of being a member of this House in 1879, when Sir Deonara 'Tilley introduced into the parliament of Canada the national policy. That policy was for the purpose of giving protection to all the industries in Canada ; protection to the farmers, to the fishermen, to the manufacturers, to the miners, to the lumbermen, and to nil classes of our population. I need scarcely say that that policy met strong opposition from the hon. gentlemen who now occupy the Treasury benches, but who were then sitting on this side of the House. We have on record that the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Hon. Sir Richard Cartwright) made very strong speeches against the national policy at that date. He said it was blue ruin to the country, and he called it legalized robbery. We find also that his colleague, the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Sir Louis Davies), who comes from the province of Prince Edward Island, said that the system of protection to Canadian industries was accursed of God and man.

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