June 12, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Score two, no
errors.
Mr, YOUNG: In his speech on the budget the Prime Minister asked this question: Can Canada continue as an unprotected country in a protected world? I do not like that word "protection", it is a misnomer. Nothing is protected by the tariff unless it be the strong against the weak, the favoured few against the helpless many. It would have been better and more apt if t'he question had been worded this way: In a world in which every other country insists upon placing artificial restrictions on its trade, can Canada survive unless she also places artifical restrictions upon her trade? Or to put it another way: In a race in which all other competitors insist upon hobbling themselves, could Canada hope to make any progress unless she hobbled herself also? I will answer the Prime Minister's question by asking another: Can Canada continue to exist as a country living to herself and refusing to trade with the rest of the world? No, she cannot do it, and there is no hon. gentleman opposite who will say that she can.

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