June 7, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)


So that there may be no misunderstanding as to what year was intended, I have here the document from the Department of Customs which gives the total exports for 1922 at $740,000,000, just as the hon. member for Marquette stated, and it gives the domestic items, the agricultural and vegetable products, agricultural and vegetable products other than foods, and animal products. So there is no doubt as to what year he meant. I hope, Mr. Speaker, they will be quiet for a moment now.
But that is not all. Not only is $29,000,000 of fish and approximately $15,000,000 of furs padded into the products of the farms of Canada, but when the hon. member also includes in the products of the farm over $5,000,000 of manufactures of leather, and harness and boots and shoes, I think it is pretty nearly the limit. I find by the records that in the figure as given by the hon. member for Marquette there is included leather, $360,000; sole leather, $1,710,518; upper leather, $2,344,024; other leather, $350,410; belting, $1,348; boots and shoes, $272,346; gloves, $9,948; harness, $34,359; other manufactures of leather, $88,584, making a total of $5,171,785. After the way hon. members have talked about boots and shoes and things of that kind, I think it is rubbing it in to pad the exports of farm products with these leather goods.
But that is not all. Notwithstanding all they have said respecting canned goods in this country, they grab the canned goods as an export of the farm and add them to the list of farm exports, and that they have done both in respect to canned fruit and canned vegetables to the extent of something like $2,000,000.

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