October 25, 1932 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The oil paid duty. The question was as to whether or not it came
strictly within an item in the tariff, there being in the tariff a provision for free entry into this country of crude petroleum. Then petroleum, not crude, but of a certain specific gravity, was subject to a rate of duty, not being free. The question was whether that would be a proper classification of this particular quality of oil or whether it should be designated a type of gasoline because of its high quality content, and the fact that it was alleged-and this is still under investigation-that it did not require to be refined to produce gasoline, but had only to be rectified which was not refining within the meaning of the section, there being, as will be remembered by the house, a provision in the agreement providing for entry into this country on specified terms of oil from the British Empire. That meant oil from Trinidad which is coming into Canada, which is not crude in its natural form or state, but which is a mixture of crude and other petroleum products.

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