Mr. JOHNSTON (Bow River):
If it were carried out it would be forty-four cents. Then you have the excise duty of three per cent, which is six cents; total tax, seventy-five cents. Then there is the present duty on the invoice along with that, which would be sixty cents. Then there is the freight. One of the greatest difficulties, which has been overlooked in estimating the protection for British Columbia, is the freight. The freight from California would be $1.02 and the freight from British Columbia twenty-three cents, a difference of seventy-nine cents, in addition to the other protection. That gives them a protection of 123-2 per cent, a tremendous protection. It is not a protection but an embargo on that article as well as on the other of which articles we spoke. If we assume it to be true that there is no dump duty, this would lower the percentage a little, but even at that it is entirely out of reason. It makes it so that we in the western provinces are practically prohibited from using this article. There is another sound reason why we should have a regional protection. If British Columbia wants protection I have no objection, but I say that we in the prairie provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, should not be penalized to that extent.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT