Sir. T. I. THOMSON.
I am very glad that the bon. gentleman for South Brant (Mr. Heyd) has given me the opportunity to put this properly before the House. I turn to the sessional papers for 1902-3, volume XXXVII, No. 1, and I find there the statement of sales presented by the Auditor General :
Maple leaf (pure manilla), 17,325 pounds at 10 cents.
Mixed manilla (Monarch)-
6,783 pounds at 101 cents.
12,960 pounds at 101 cents.
12.905 pounds at 10 cents.
220.000 pounds at 5 1-10 cents.
1,358 pounds at 91 cents.
8.000 pounds at 91 cents.
15.905 pounds at 9 cents.
200,065 pounds at 61 cents.
60,025 pounds at 4% cents.
Now, I think that is pretty conclusive proof that the American trust controls the price of binder twine in Canada, and that this has been the case since the duty was removed. And if the trust has charged the people more than is legitimate, what excuse is there for the government 7 the Minister of Justice states, they are selling this twine at a small advance on cost. But I ask what justification is there for selling the great bulk of it for half the price to jobbers at which it is sold to the farmers 7 He has not explained that, and I will give him an opportunity to do so.
Topic: POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.