March 26, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Alexander Duncan McRae

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McRAE:

There is a small amount of pulp shipped. I am not enthusiastic about the shipping of pulp out of this country; I rather feel that we should manufacture it at home. However, taking these three commodities, paper is capable of a further increase of 50 per cent, lumber of 300 per cent, and fish a small percentage-a growing percentage because in that market brands form a very important factor and it takes years to win away your purchasers from established brands. That accounts for the continuance of fish exports from the United States to Australia.
I said, Mr. Speaker, that I was not going to deal with the other items in the Australian schedule. They apply very largely to eastern Canada, and show that this is a treaty for the entire country, and not, as has been generally supposed, a treaty made especially for the benefit of the industries of my own province. The discussions which have taken place in connection with this treaty have attracted a great deal of attention in my province. I think the Canadian people as a whole are agreed that in this and similar treaties we must not interfere with any basic production in our country. I see my hon. friend from Weyfourn (Mr. Young) in his seat. He asked a question the other day as to how the people in the big cities felt about increasing the cost of butter. Well, I have here a wire from a

Australian Treaty-Mr. Bird
past president of the Vancouver Board of Trade in which he says:
Manufacturers interested here favourable to dairymen's request for increase m butter duty.

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