February 8, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

John Babington Macaulay Baxter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BAXTER:

I am not inferring anything of the kind, and I am not even going to discuss that point elaborately. What I want to get at is, that if the West wants, as the West has said it wants, all sorts of commodities to come in free of customs duties, and if it wants all commodities hauled as cheaply as can be on the railways, then, if there is an agricultural industry down in New Brunswick that is vital to us, we do not want to have our rates raised above the cost of haulage in order to make these other things possible for the West or the East, the North or the South.
Now at the time this parliamentary bargain was made last year the railways had already lowered their freight charges, taking about three million dollars off the general cost of railway haulage of grain; another fourteen million dollars was taken off by the retention of the Crowsnest pass agreement; making about seventeen million dollars of a reduction on one commodity alone, and paying no regard whatever to any other class of freight.

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