Thank you, Mr. Speaker, because it would have taken me ten minutes to read them. They are as follows:
Canada's Trade with the United States and Other Foreign Countries
Fiscal year Imports Percentage of total trade Exports (Canadian) Percentage of total trade1886 .. $ 42,818.651 44-6 $ 34.284,490 44-11896 50-8 37.789,481 34-41906 . . 169,256,452 59-6 83.546.306 35-51914 . . 396.302,138 64-0 103.372.825 37-91921 .. 856.176.820 69-0 542,322.967 45-61922 .. 515.958,196 690 292.588.643 39-51926 65-6 480.199,723 36-41929 . . 808.012.229 68-6 504.101.604 36-81930 .. 847,442.037 67-9 515.049.703 40-064-5 349.660.503 43-71932 60-8 257.770.100 42-91933 .. 232.548.055 57-2 107.424.723 37-454-9 220.072 810 33 058-1 304.721.354 40-356-8 300.302.420 42-41937 .. 393.720.662 58-6 435.014.544 410
Aggregate External Merchandise Trade of Canada
year external trade
1936 ; "
There is only one more item, another argument in support of our contention which appeared in La Presse of November 19, 1938, two days after November 17, when the treaty was signed. It says:
" We may now expect our small fruits to be exported to the United States." says J. H. Lavoie, director of the provincial service of horticulture in the province of Quebec.
That is very nice coming from the government of Quebec, and there would have been many more in favour of the treaty had the government of that province entertained towards this government a more Christian attitude. But that was the only encouragement we got from that source.
A great deal of fun has been poked at the Prime Minister's use of the word "appeasement" in connection with this trade treaty; but hon. gentlemen who are not too busy might look up the Gazette, published in Montreal. a very good newspaper which has this headline on its front page in this morning's issue, "Chamberlain hopes to weld peace by trade." I admit that the old gentleman with the umbrella, may not always score one hundred per cent, but he makes a terribly good showing. Speaking at Blackburn, England, he is reported to have made this statement, which I will put on Hansard for the benefit of my Tory friends and other unbelievers :
It may well be that this approach by way of trade in which we have a common interest may turn out to be the best and quickest way of bringing about a better understanding between our two countries.
A great many statistics have been put on Hansard in this debate. I have been guilty of putting a few on myself. There is much to be said for statistics, but perhaps I may be permitted to tell a little anecdote which undoubtedly members of the house will appreciate.
A few years ago, in a moment of patriotic fervour, I joined the Montreal Canadian club. I have paid my fee every year since, and I am still a member in good standing.
Canada-United, States Trade Agreement
With me it became almost a part of my religion to attend the Canadian club luncheon at the Windsor hotel, on Peel street, Montreal, nearly every Monday, the day of their weekly luncheon, and 1 remember that on one occasion the guest was Mr. Philip Kerr, who I think now adorns the House of Lords in England as Lord Lothian. At the beginning of his speech-I do not want to shock the ears of any member-he said that in his opinion there were three kinds of lies, and he enumerated them as follows: Lies, damned lies, and statistics. 1 want to say, Mr. Speaker, that those are my views too.
The King government has therefore, in negotiating a broader trade agreement with the United States, once more upheld the true interests of Canada, thereby achieving a diplomatic and commercial success for which the country will be grateful.
Topic: TRADE AGREEMENTS
Subtopic: CANADA-UNITED STATES'-CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON MOTION FOB APPEOVAU SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION