A great quantity of these *silks do come from Germany but large quantities come from France and other European countries that pay no surtax. I contend tha|t the silk should be manufactured in bond, and that those who do such a small business that they cannot afford to pay
bonding charges had better not be in the business. You will have no trouble with the large manufacturers in Montreal and Toronto ; your difficulty will come from those small manufacturers such as we know in the trade 'who keep these little sweating shops, do a small business at a small expense and pay small wages. A large manufacturer in Montreal told me that these little sweating shops manufacturing special articles are really ruining the manufacture of the better class of goods. Any manufacturer who is big enough to import goods ought be big enough to pay expenses of making them in bond. I trust the Customs Department will make careful regulations or else the trade of this country will be seriously injured by the importation of large quantities of silk alleged to be for neckties, but which will never go into the manufacture of neckties at all. I see also that in this resolution you except blankets, flannels, bedcovers, and counterpanes, from the regular rate of duty. Why should you do that ? The manufacture of blankets in Canada is one of our most satisfactory industries and yet the importation of an undesirable class of blankets is increasing largely. We are keeping out diseased immigrants, but here we are allowing goods to come into this country that are really diseased. The poorest stuff is put into these so-called blankets ; there is not a particle of clean wool or clean cotton in them ; they are made of rubbish and they are sold to the poorer people in the Northwest. The Doukhobors wear them and use them as covering for their beds, when you had far better let them use good woollen blankets and not encourage them to use this rubbish. I do not see why you should allow them in at a lower rate of duty than good honest woollen goods. Again, we can manufacture flannels in .this country and why should they be excepted ? Why try to injure them by leaving that item in ?
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS-TARIFF COMMIS SION.