It might help. I agree there might not be any point in picking out the ones that have never been used and which were therefore triggered by the budget rather than by special order because many of them were raised, not lowered, and only the lower ones were used. In many of these cases the changes which have been made, I gather the parliamentary secretary is telling us, have involved reductions in tariffs, not increases.
Clause 2 includes all those items in schedule I so really we have lost money. Is the amount shown anywhere in this document? Is an estimate made of the sum which might have been anticipated had the changes not been made? In other words, does this indicate what revenue from duty resulting from these amendments, either raising or lowering the amounts, might have been expected? This presents us with a real problem because there is no way of knowing from what we have before us what the general purpose of these changes is- for example, whether they reflect changes negotiated under GATT. Nor do we know how they are applied. There is no indication that Canada has entered into international agreements with regard to specific commodities and I am not able to tell from the bill whether we have decreased or increased total income from duty. Some items moved up 5 per cent, say, or down 3 per cent, but from the point of view of the workings of the economic system it is impossible to tell where we are going. Maybe I am missing something. I see nothing here enabling us to estimate the results of these changes this year as
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compared, for example, with last year, and 1 am suggesting we do something about this from now on. As I say, if I am missing the point I should like the parliamentary secretary to tell me. He has been very helpful so far.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF