March 28, 1933 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Hon. gentlemen opposite agree. They say: "Hear, hear." The situation, however, is this, that in the proposals in the budget there are some points which we certainly realize will be distasteful to some of the taxpaj'ers. That is debatable ground; it is ground on which one might expect divergent opinion. But there are in the budget some things which my hon. friends opposite dare not oppose and then face their constituents. They will express a wholesale condemnation of the government instead of indicating that so far as the effort of the government is concerned, in certain respects they give it their endorsation.
The reduction of the pound for duty purposes from $4.40 to $4.25, is it good or is it not? Is it in the interest of Canada and her relations with the British Empire or not? Which is it? My hon. friends dare not oppose that individually, but they condemn the government and all its works as a whole and would vote it out of office. Is the exchange stabilization capable of support? Will my hon. friends from western Canada whom I see over there, my hon. friends from the rural districts of Ontario, from the rural districts of Quebec, support this or will they not?

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