May 3, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Charles Edward Bothwell

Liberal

Mr. BOTHWELL:

He can verify it if he likes. It is an article compiled by Charles Vining. It is probably only fair to state in connection with this Ford industry that it may be an exceptional kind of automobile plant. But the other plants that are manufacturing in Canada are making automobiles with wheels, rubber tires and equipment to some extent similar to that used in the making of Ford cars. There is of course a difference. There are a number of different cars made in Canada, and other plants may have to import certain parts. But if Henry Ford is correct, as we believe he is, in the statement that wages in Canada are no higher than they are in the United States, and we have the raw material in this country just as they have across the line, then if the other manufacturing concerns in Canada are not able to produce at a profit with the protection that is still afforded them after the reduction has been made, they must be poorly organized or poorly managed. There must be inefficiency somewhere. If the Ford manufacturing concern, getting at least 85 per cent of its raw material in Canada, is able to compete with the Ford companies in the United States, then the other automobile factories here should be able to do the same with a protective tariff of 20 per cent.

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