Mr. SINCLAIR (North Wellington):
I now wish to give some figures showing the importations of butter from Australia and New Zealand. They are as follows:
Importation of Butter Before the treaty
Australia, 12 months ending December, 1925, 278 pounds; value $110.
New Zealand, 12 months ending December,
1925, 53,424 pounds; value $21,583.
After the treaty
Australia, 12 months ending December 1926, 2,995,740 pounds; value $1,095,988.
New Zealand, 12 months ending December
1926, 3,193,382 pounds; value $1,260,788.
Australia, January, 1926, 473,200 pounds;
New Zealand, January, 1926, 570,185 pounds; value $203,870.
Australia, January, 1927, pounds nil; value nil.
New Zealand, January, 1927, 729,288 pounds; value $244,898.
Australia, 12 months, 1927, 376,096 pounds; value $135,160.
New Zealand, 12 months, 1927, 8,714,985 pounds; value $3,023,801.
Australia. January, 1928, 248,584 pounds; value $92,628.
New Zealand, January, 1928, 3,183,289
pounds; value $1,126,291.
With respect to the 278 pounds of Australian butter shipped during the twelve months ending December, 1925, the Minister of Agriculture, it seems to me, must have asked the Australians to send over a sample shipment, with the promise that if the butter was of good quality he would try to get them a good market in Canada. But to my mind the saddest thing of all is that in the month of January, 1928, New Zealand shipped into Canada 3,183,289 pounds of butter valued at $1,126,291. I should like to ask the Minister of Agriculture whether he is representing the farmers of Canada or the farmers of Australia.
Subtopic: DEBATE ON ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF MINISTER OF FINANCE