I could hardly make up something the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) said. When he was speaking here, as reported at page 1841 of Hansard, the Minister of Trade and Commerce said:
Our balance of trade with Cuba Is very much in our favour, and Cuba is a very important market to the maritime provinces. It always has been and it always will be. The Cuban agreement on raw sugar was made as a means of stimulating that market and of protecting the market we have had. It has had that effect. There has been a very sharp growth in imports from the maritime provinces, and in talking to the people of Cuba I may say that they in Cuba believe that market can be stimulated a great deal more.
It was necessary to conduct these negotiations with that thought in mind. Certainly I have no intention at any cost of disturbing that market for products of the maritime provinces.
He made that statement in answer to the Progressive Conservatives who in this house made an attempt to disrupt that market. I am sure that had the hon. members in the opposition known what I was going to quote, they might not have been so ready to listen to me.
To sum it all up, when the history is written of this proud epoch in the development of a great nation, I should hate to have my children read and be taught, perhaps in another part of this or another land, that the Atlantic provinces had lagged in the wake of Canadian progress like the back field of an abundantly productive farm; or I should hate to have my part of the country depicted as the dying limb of an otherwise luxuriantly foliaged tree, one of the main branches withering for want of proper circulation of the sap of national concern.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE