Apparently the hon. member is not accountable for all he says. I gathered from the discussion this afternoon that the duty on artificial silk was 35 per cent, and my hon. friends were complaining that the changes under discussion were going to mean less profit for the manufacturers. I would like to know how many requests the hon. member for Lincoln has had from the employees in these factories who are wearing artificial silk, artificial silk stockings and other
such goods. What the farmer is interested in to-day is to get more for his dozen eggs when he trades them for other commodities than he has been getting in the past. We trade eggs for commodities largely, and what we want is more boots, more clothing or other products for the eggs we have to sell. I maintain that the tariff will not help the farmer. That is my stand.
This question was discussed before the tariff board, and I have read very carefully the evidence presented there. I am convinced that there was no case made out to warrant an increase in the tariff on eggs. I wish to quote a short extract from a letter written by the gentleman who presented this case before the tariff board. It is dated May 9, 1929, and says:
The poultry producers of western Canada are not requesting protection for the purpose of inflating the price of eggs to the consumer.
That sounds familiar.
They desire protection because they believe that the best interests of the producer and the consumer can only be protected by a stabilized market.
That sounds familiar too.
They wish to protect the distributors who purchase large quantities during the period of over-production, and who place them in store in order to protect the consumer from overinflation during the period of low production.
I have not a great deal of sympathy for the man who is gambling in eggs, who stores them up at one season of the year and unloads them at another. It is such concerns, apparently, that the writer of this letter refers to and is tlying to protect. The consumer in the city is paying from 55 to 60 cents a dozen for the eggs for which the producer in the country receives 30 to 40 cents a dozen, and I know of cases where the consumer is paying almost double what the producer within a hundred miles of the city receives.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT