May 14, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Thomas Gerow Murphy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MURPHY:

I think I am absolutely
correct. That may not apply to a certain year" which the hon. member has in mind, but I am sure that the facts have been as I have stated for at least some years. I have in my hand a notice from the Grain Growers' Guide, which says:
Great bargain! Guide subscription rate is now 41 for three years.
The Progressive party have fallen on such hard times in the west that they have had to make bargain rates for the organ which is supposed to represent Progressive opinion.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make my position clear regarding the fiscal policy of the Conservative party. As I understand it the aim of the Conservative fiscal policy is to manufacture Canadian raw .products in Canada; to stimulate the development of Canadian resources by the Canadian people; to develop industries of the right nature; a policy which will provide employment for Canadian workmen and provide traffic for our railways; a policy which will keep Canadians in Canada and attract other people to our shores; a policy which will accomplish all these results without exploitation of the people and which will restore confidence by placing our tariff on an adequate, scientific, and above all a stable basis. If Canada is always to remain a country of magnificent distances with a sparse population fringing its borders; a nation of producers of primary products, then the policy which aims at free trade is the right one.
But I believe Canada has a greater destiny before her, and that the proper way to make our country as far as possible a self-sufficient nation is lay means of a national protective policy.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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