Mr. SUTHERLAND (South Oxford):
The trade returns show that in 1921 our exports of agricultural and vegetable products to China amounted to $58,895 and by the year 1925 they had increased to $4,103,000. This is a very substantial increase in tradte with a country with whom we have no trade agreement. Now let us look at the trade with some of the other places that have entered into trade treaties with Canada. For example, our exports of agricultural commodities to Italy in 1921 amounted to $56,579,751, whereas last year, after the treaty had come into effect, it dropped right down to $11,200,000. Surely the minister cannot contend that a trade treaty of that kind is in the interests of this country. What a contrast there is between that slump in trade with Italy and the increase in our business with China, with whom we have no treaty. Again, our exports of similar commodities to France amounted in 1921 to $12,871,679 and last year they had fallen to $4,175,000. These are the facts that we pointed out when the treaties were being put through the House, and we have striking evidence that so far as agriculture is concerned these treaties in every instance have proved disastrous to Canada. That is why we devoted so much attention to the recent trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand. Agriculture has been sacrificed by this government in the case of every treaty they have entered into with a foreign country.
Topic: TRADE AND COMMERCE