While I sympathize to a certain extent with the views expressed by the leader of the opposition and other members on the other side of the house, nevertheless I do know that considerable military equipment is made in Canada, especially woollen military cloth, which is made in Brantford. Very good tartans are now being made in Brantford and other parts of Canada, and being a Scotsman I do not like to have to pay a duty on kilts.
goods are being made in Canada, and Canadian industry should receive every consideration. I must take a view entirely opposite to that expressed by hon. members of the opposition. I am not a free trader with respect to these or any other goods, and I am surprised to hear that so many members of the opposition have suddenly become free traders.
It is contrary to their general views. I am satisfied it is not the best thing for Canada. Those of us who love our country and who are prepared to join military units should be ready to encourage and protect Canadian industry, and, if necessary, pay a small duty.
They are making some small arms and minor equipment, but generally the manufacture of armaments in Great Britain is being done by private enterprise. It would be a mistake for this government to enter upon large-scale building of plants for the manufacture of armaments and ammunition of all kinds when we have so many plants in Canada to-day standing idle that could easily be equipped to turn out armaments of various kinds and thereby give work to Canadian workingmen. I could name many heavy industry plants, both in my own city and in cities throughout Ontario which I have visited, which are now closed but which could be converted in a very short time to the manufacture of armaments. The government should hesitate before spending $30,000,000 on the building of new plants.