Mr. COWAN (Long Lake):
As one coming from the province of Saskatchewan I want to dissent from what has been said. In the view of some hon. gentlemen Buffalo may be the cheapest and best place to assemble wheat from western Canada, but I would remind hon. members that hundreds of millions of bushels of Canadian wheat are passing to the British market through the ports of Vancouver and Churchill. This is an entirely new situation which has come into existence in the last two years. Evidently my hon. friend does not know what is happening in Canada. He just sees the country from the point of view of his own constituency, nothing more. When my hon. friend from Red Deer (Mr. Speakman) was speaking he said all the west was subject to these rates from Fort
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William. I venture to say that half the grain from his own district goes to the market through Vancouver, and it will continue to go in that way. Then so long as we have that competition between two of our own ports, which we have paid for and which are supported by us, what on earth is the good of talking about raising rates somewhere else? Last summer they lowered rates in order to kill Churchill, and they succeeded. Let them raise the rates, if they dare, and they will build up Churchill. Go to it. It will prevent Churchill from being destroyed, and will save for the western farmer the best port in Canada. If the eastern Canadians do not like to meet our competition, they will have to take the consequences, that is all. I am not afraid of eastern Canadian competition, or competition on the great lakes. We will build up our own trade in our own way, as we have been doing it in the last two years. If the hon. member for South Battleford wishes to laugh about it, he may do so, but we are going to build up trade in that way. I have every sympathy with eastern Canada, because, thank God, I was born in the east. But I live in the west; we have to meet western conditions, and they may as well make up their minds to do so because we are not going to be defeated in our efforts to build up the trade of that country.
Topic: CANADA SHIPPING ACT