Mr. Speaker, I want, in the first place, to associate myself with those who are in favour of any measure that will benefit the agricultural classes of this country at this time. I am rather inclined to the view, however, that the suggestion which has been made by my hon. friend from West Kent (Mr. McCoig) this afternoon, if carried into effect, would not be the benefit to the farmers that he anticipates, but would, on the other hand, work a great injury. We have in the little town of Essex, six miles from where I live, a splendid industry which is branching out into the manufacture of farm tractors. They are putting up at the present time, I understand, seven of these tractors for the express purpose of assisting in all light farm work. If my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Sir Thomas White) were to act upon the suggestion of my hon. friend from West Kent, I think it would have the effect of wiping out of existence that infant industry, which, I do believe, is [DOT] contrary to the policy of both political parties. As I understand the principle upon which both political parties stand in regard to this matter, it is that the infant industry shall have a reasonable protection until such time as it is enabled to compete against the industries of the outside world. My hon. friend (Mr. McCoig) says that is false. There may be some question about that point, but I know that up our way in the splendid city of Windsor, where we are hoping to build up a great industrial centre, the Liberals have very little to say about free trade.
Topic: THE DUTY ON TRACTOR ENGINES.