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

CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN:

Evidently, I am not very far astray in my quotation, when I find hon. members applauding the sentiment, and I ask, if the thing is morally wrong, can they compromise it? Do they want to make a compromise for five years? Well, if they do, let them make it. Now, I want to quote from this book, and I have no doubt at all that the sentiments it contains will be applauded also. It sets out the Farmers' platform. This book is a sort of treasure now, being one of the first editions published. Hon gentlemen were very specific in those days, but finding that being specific was not altogether satisfactory, they are now dealing in glittering generalities. This book is pretty well edited; it was drafted by the Canadian Council of Agriculture. It is also endorsed by the United Farmers of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association, the Manitoba Grain Growers Association, and the United Farmers of Ontario. It is issued by the Canadian Council of Agriculture of Winnipeg, and printed by the Grain Growers' Guide. It is quite obvious, therefore, that a great deal of care was bestowed upon its publication. I shall now read the following extract from it:
As already explained, under a system of protection the consumer is compelled to pay a tax upon all imported goods that * come under the tariff schedule. Upon all goods of domestic origin produced under a protective system the consumer must likewise pay a tax,-although in this case the revenue finds its way into the hank account of private individuals alone. Now, it has been estimated that the domestic trade of Canada alone is at least four times as great as the country's foreign trade, and in the United States seven times as great. It follows that for every dollar collected by way of customs dues at least $4 are paid to private individuals. When one considers that the customs revenue for the year ending March 31st, 1916, was $133,000,000, and that four times that sum was paid in addition to the protected interests, it will be seen what a crushing weight is laid upon the country's consumers.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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