My idea of putting racing under federal control would be to have the law uniform all over Canada. In my opinion, that is the only satisfactory way of controlling and stabilizing horse racing. The sport is a very popular one. It is patronized by thousands of people wherever races are held, but there is a great deal of room for improvement in conducting the races. I was never so much impressed in my life as I was by a visit to Ascot in England, when I saw the race for the Ascot gold cup. Everybody from the costermonger to the King of England was there -ambassadors from all the different countries represented in London, the very best people in the land, tens of thousands of them, and they all seemed to be happy and enjoying themselves. If we can run our race tracks in this country under proper regulations, and I am quite sure we can, the great majority of the responsible men connected with this sport would very heartily fall in line with any such regulation. In addition to that it would provide
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us with a very useful source of revenue which could be devoted to the eradication of tuberculosis in this country.
With regard to the export trade of cattle, which has been developing to a certain extent since the war and since ship space was available, we have had at first loud clamouring for more ships, but, as a matter of fact, our Canadian feeders have not kept up with the ship space offered, and it has been necessary during the last few months to secure cattle from the United States to fill the ships. In the fall, of course, we shall be able to fill up the space on the ships very much better than we are doing at the present time.
It is gratifying to note the great interest that is now being shown in Great Britain in regard to the embargo on Canadian cattle. Many men are interested in this question now who did not show any interest some time ago. My attention has been drawn to a statement in a newspaper from the Minister of Agriculture in Great Britain, Sir Arthur Boscawen, who says, speaking of the cattle embargo:
As a matter of fact, I inherited this question, and it has not been a pleasant heritage. I can never get away from Canadian cattle, and I only hope that when I go to another world there will be no Canadian cattle there.
I surely thought the right hon. gentleman would be satisfied with maintaining an embargo on Canadian cattle in this world, without suggesting that there shall be an embargo on them in the next. I can assure him that if he will only do what he can to help remove the present embargo, Canadian cattlemen will Ibe willing to take a chance on there being a cattle embargo in the next world.
My attention has been called by a number of telegrams to the taxes imposed on cigarettes, autos, and the stamp tax on cheques. These matters have all been brought very fully to the attention of the Minister of Finance, and I do not propose to take up time in discussing them further, except to read a telegram I have received from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce:
Victoria Chamber of Commerce most strongly opposed to proposal to amend regulation covering stamps on cheques and drafts which would result in penalizing those with large aggregate at present carrying heaviest burden and tend to retard normal flow of business. Convinced that auto tax would vitally affect employment situation curtail sales and defeat end desired. J. H. Beatty President Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
There has been a good deal of complaint over the selection of these particular lines for special taxation.
With regard to the amendment which has been proposed, the hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Lapointe) implied that we were clamouring for a lower tariff. I do not think that is the intention of the amendment at all. I look upon it simply as a strong protest against the idea that it is permissible for a party or a candidate to gain victory at the polls by promises which he or they never intend to carry out.
If it is necessary for a man in business undertakings to keep his word; I feel that the responsibility of any candidate or any government to carry out a pledge that has been given is just as great as it is in the case of a private individual. And when the violation of a pledge is brought to the attention of the Government, to hear the reply, in effect, "Don't worry about that, it was only an election pledge," is certainly surprising.
I am quite sure, therefore, that many members of the House will agree with me when I say that such a course certainly is not conducive to that high standard which the government of Canada should aim to attain.
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