William THOBURN

THOBURN, William

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Lanark North (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 14, 1847
Deceased Date
January 23, 1928
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Thoburn_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e6ff10cd-b633-4ffa-baba-3be20ae91f85&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
woollens manufacturer

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Lanark North (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Lanark North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 24 of 26)


April 13, 1909

Mr. THOBURN.

If you put the same duty on wool that the United States puts

on, why should we not have the same duty on the manufactured article? I am not advocating that, but I am asking that question.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY.
Subtopic:   THOS. DELWORTH,
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April 13, 1909

Mr. THOBURN.

No.

Topic:   THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY.
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April 13, 1909

Mr. THOBURN.

If I may be perinitted to answer the hon. gentleman, I may say that I pointed out clearly that when the woollen industry of this country was in a flourishing condition, there was a much higher price paid for wool, with the duty as it is at the present time. If the hon. gentleman will take my advice and rearrange the tariff on woollen goods, I cannot see why that state of affairs should not come around again, from the natural demand that will be created by the increased manufacture of woollen goods in Canada, and the increased price of wool to the Canadian farmer. I pointed out that there was a time when we paid as much as 52 cents a pound for Canadian wool, with the duty just the same as it is now. Why were we able to do that? Simply because the mills were all in operation, using Canadian wool. But owing to the change in the tariff on the manufactured article, there has been such an importation of English woollen goods into this country that they have displaced the demand for Canadian wool, and consequently the price of Canadian wool decreased until it has reached the price at which it stands to-day. Just what corresponding duty would be required on the manufactured article if you put ten cents a pound on wool I am not prepared to say. I am not engaged in the manufacture of tweeds; I am engaged in the manufacture of flannels, and speak from that standpoint; but I would not like to speak for the general manufacturers of tweeds in the Dominion of Canada.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY.
Subtopic:   THOS. DELWORTH,
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April 13, 1909

Mr. THOBURN.

For the information of the hon. membeT for Strathcona (Mr. Wilbert McIntyre) I may say that his Temarks indicate one of the difficulties that have always existed in this discussion-there is such a wide misapprehension of the facts. The hon. gentleman says that he believes the woollen manufacturers have a protection to the extent of 30 or 35 per cent. I want him to understand that I have been struggling under a duty of only 22J per cent.

Topic:   THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY.
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April 13, 1909

Mr. THOBURN.

It would require some little figuring to say exactly what the corresponding duty should be; but if the duty on wool going into the United States is ten cents a pound, then, as far as I can see, we would want the same duty on the manufactured article that is imposed on the manufactured article going into the United States, whatever that duty is.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY.
Subtopic:   THOS. DELWORTH,
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