Mr. WILSON (Lennox).
Well, I do not know anything about Mr. McKay, and therefore, I am not going to say anything about him, because I think a man should be very careful when talking about publi-c men n-ot to malign them in -any way.
Let me now contrast some of tne exports of Canada to the United States with some of our imports from that country. We are told by the Liberal party that the Lnited States is the great market for our products and that if we had access to that market of 90,000,000 people we would get better prices for our goods than we do at home. Let me show the absurdity of that contention by the figures taken from our trade returns. Take the article of butter, we exported to the United States:
1906 $ 36,167
Or in the whole five years we exported butter to the United States-and I have taken these figures from the return of trade and commerce-$371,152. That is ail we exported to that market of 90,000,000 people.
Take the article -of cheese we exported as follows:
Total in five years $142,799
Then take the article of eggs, about which we have heard a goo-d deal of talk from hon. gentlemen opposite. We exported eggs to the United States, as follows: ,
Total in five years $59,665
Now let us see what we imported from the United States of the same articles. If we
imported a good deal more than we exported, surely that would indicate that our market is really better than theirs. Our imports of butter from the United States, were as follow.:
That is quite a little more than we exported to them. Take the next article of /feheese. We imported cheese from the United States, as follows:
1906 $ 45,904
As contrasted with $142,799 which was the amount we exported in the same period. Take the next article of eggs. We imported eggs from the United States as follows:
1906 $ 92,172
Thus our total imports of eggs in these five years was $869,568 worth, and all we exported to the United States in the same period was $59,665 worth, showing a balance of trade against us in eggs alone of $809,903. It certainly does seem to me that in that case we got decidedly the worst of the bargain.
Let us now look to our exports of cattle. Cattle, over one year old, shipped to the United States:
1906 $ 185,213
1909 ' 508,416
Contrast that with what we shipped to the old country-that country whose market, if this pact goes through, we will lose to quite an extent, because it looks as though the Americans would do everything they could to break up the connection that now exists between the mother country and Canada. To Britain we exported of cattle over one year old:
Comparing that with our exports of $2,-
317,000 to the United States, we have a difference of over $47,000,000 in favour of the English market and against the United States market-that market which the government are now making such great efforts to get.
Our total imports from the United States in 1910 amounted $239,070,949, and our exports to $106,026,137. These figures are taken from our trade and navigation returns and they show a balance of trade against us of $152,944,412. Of these goods we allowed to come in free of duty from the United States, $79,257,600 as against $23,480,217 allowed to come in free from Great Britain. So that from what I can see our best policy is to stick to what we have and not make this leap in the dark when we are doing very well as it is. Should we go into this reciprocal arangement, we do not know what will become of us. I never yet heard that the Yankees when they wanted to make a bargain, did not do their level best to get the best of it.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.