April 19, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)



If the hon. gentleman
says he w'as not present on the occasion referred to I must accept his statement. My impression was that he was here when the new treaty was adopted. I accept my hon. friend's statement. At all events the treaty was made by the government that he supported. Although he may not have voted for that treaty himself the party which he supports made and supported it. But let me give an illustration, and I can give it in a minute.

We admit automobiles into Canada to-day at the rate of 35 per cent, and If a Canadian automobile goes into France the duty is- these duties are specific but by converting this into an ad valorem duty it is approximately ISO per cent. That is the condition existing to-day under an arrangement made by the government of which he was a supporter even if he did not himself vote for it. My. hon. friend surely cannot realize the utter impossibility of doing what he asks us to do and that is ask the French government to fix the same rates as we have in Canada. I could give the same illustration for many other items but that one is sufficient for the purpose.

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