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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta WHDNHSDAY, JUNK'C, 1017 I'M LETHBR1DG15 DAILY HERALD PAGE SEVEN LIBERAL M IS HIED IN THE IN FAVOR OF A L( Tho Liberal party of Canada la prac- tically on rcccnl fa (avor ot the entire tariff platform of lLo Catmdlau Coun- cil of Agriculture. A uoHJ party voted for Uie following .resolution' Iri ibb HOUBB of Commons OD In the opinion of thli Home, It would be In the public Inlerul If the Customs Tariff Act were so amended to provide: 1. That wheat, wheat flQUr, and 1 all other' of wheat be placed upon the free list. 2. Ttial farm Implements and machinery, farm tractors, mining, flour and lawmlll machinery, and repairs (or samcj-roush and partly dreaacd lumber, Hlutnlnatlnn. Tub- Heating and fuel oils, cement and fertilizers be added to the free Ilil. 3.' That staple foods and food product] {older than wheat domestic animals and foodi there- for, be admitted Into Canada free of duly when coming from and be- ing the product of any country ad- mitting -like Canadian articles In- 1o such country free of duty. 4.. That Substantial reductions be made" In 'the general tarllf'dn all articles Imported Into Canada, ex- cepting luxuries. 5. That the British preference be Increased to fifty per cent, of the general In llio delate on UILJ nmeniluiont A. Buchanan, M.P.. spoke In sup llQasafd reporting ns remarks v have hot qccuplct] tlic lime of Oio budget douale" up to Ihc picsenl ttmc, hut I wish to EO 011 re In favor of tlie Ideas advanced Iho hop, jnembpr for Edmonton (Mr._ Jj bocaua.c. arc 'ivholfc. At gee I lip parl .__ j Ideas thaf arc favored very strongly lu Western Canada sn much a a he- raujc I arc of national ad- yanjase. Wo-musl remember tlif L I are" hero rcpresonllng all parts of Can- rada. I do not any legislation 'to be passed, jn tlil3 Parliament llial bo of' Injury to Canada, as a At tbb same time, I want to art of Mic country from. which. I come glvon proper attenlloD liy this Parliament, -and legislation adopted. be" helpful In tho "rtcvelop- -llirU-Eedlon-of the nonunion, and advantageous, at. the same time, to Canada Vs a- whole. Tho tax'allop- proposed by the M In Ister of i-M nance in his budget ripccch 'follows lines .ivllli which I do not agrep. .In my opinion. we should reacli "oven-body In this country with forma of taxation properly adapted' to tlial game lime, I believe, thai 'Vi'6' should relieve the. yreat boJy of Srieople.-froiii tariff tajntfon as-tnucli-as possible. In the West, Iro.irwhlcli I come, (here Is. a continued demand for relict from some of llio -burdens ol taxation, that now exist, and that lie Tjiand Is Inspired -by a desire -lo Jin prove the conditions of tlie farmer of the West 'and of the western as a .whole, .-We Tvarit'to increase pro ilticUon In i if at country. We want 1m- migration Into Western Cnnndn to he Increased; we wnnt content mcni to cxlsl, anionifpLJiG farmers of the wesl- trn prairies. And we believe that the liest'way' to "Increase Immigration, to four resources, and to hrlng ibotit cnnleiitmcnl -Is to relieve the fanners, frgni sonic of the burdens of tpxnllon that now exist ami to adopt other means -of raising our revenue. KfTorts' h.iVc been made hy Hie Gov- ernment .to Increase production. You cannot Increase iirocludfon- by tnxlag tjie Implements of Uie Tanner. Lot me quota nii Instance from city ot Ijclhbndgc. During ITio nreaont year about 200 tractors were purchased by farmers --In llial district; usually through agents' In Lc Hi TuiiclilTics. ore. to Lc used for the pur- posei Tof- InoreBfiinn production nL-thc c-alPjpf this government. In Ihcfr of- furls lo.Increase produrtlon Hie farm- to 'pay In duties on IheriQ.LWo hundred tractors., I say thai' Is unfair to llio termers of Western Canada. I Lavo a letter here from a. r lu luy own constituency. 1 do cot say 1 urn In favor of all the argu- ments advanced, but the letter will ;lve some Idea of the obstacles the armor lu tlie West has to face ud of lie ways in which, according to llic of thoso farmers, Ibeso ob- Btaflcs should bo dealt If the Government la going to set itic jjrJro ot wheat, let them lake off tho duty on farm machfa- ery jail regulate tho price of farm labor. Labor Is per month and board, where we formerly paid- !35 for the same thing, and no- body fetiows what Jt will bo by tlie day at harvest Engines arc so high we cannot afford to Iiave them. I havo a caflo of We want to get an Aultman Tay- lor 18-36 englcc. It costs ID llio Stales in Canada, J3.COO. Jg that rlBlftl They claim the duly and frelfhi make up tbc jllf-. ferenco. Now, It the Government 'arc going to tell ua at ivbal price we shall sell our wheat, let them take oft Ilifj duly on all our en- gines andJ ImpIom'enlB and regu- late the price of farm labor. The farmers arc paying these ci- orbllant (axes on productive I in pie- and at tnc same time thny are lo be and: to iniTC-asu pro- duction. think It Is generally the opinion of ihc people of Western Can ad a, aud I Know 1L Is the opinion ol Die organized farmers there, tUat our 'of laxatloji should be changed so IhaL'wo should raipe raosl of our revenue by other methods. They are In favor of an Income Lax, they are ID favor of a land Lax nod so am I. .1 .favor.of an.Jncomo .Laz be 1 Lclleve that Is the fairest method of raising Uie revenue. Under the present system very many men es- cape taxation who. should not be per milled Lo do so. During the war we are- endeavoring to raise money b> compelling corporations-lo pay highei taxation but we are not getting at pco pie wo should gel at and those are tha wealthy Individuals of Lhis coun- try. "It has" been my cxperlerice dur- ing patriotic fund campaigns .In the southern part .of Alberta to find some of the with regard to patriotic giving to be men of the ver> grcalc-Et .wealth. men are nol ouly shirking patriotic giving but Lhe> aro not ,conlrlbuLinE the, amount of taiallon thai they should. The onl> can be'reached is by'a form of income Laxatlon. In the of Cal gary. ll was almost Impossible to reach one of the wealthiest property owners for the first two years ol Ihe palrlolh (und-catnpalgD or to get a'cent from hlni for any pati-ioLie parpORC. Tha' man-was not teinp retched ty taiatlon of 'thla 0.9 hi sliould have beeo retched. 1 am in agracmcaLtrBO with the a pi lation in favor of a lnnd tax. We van the that afe' (oday 'undeveloped in Western Canada developed and we can only have them developed by mak Ins the speculators who'own them re lease them at a.fair price.and nol hold them for a large advance. We can force them Lo release that land by Im posing a tax on all undeveloped land: We, from thu-West, come before thi frequently cer lain changes in the form of taxation As a western representative I want to say thnt I do not want any taxation to ,lic adopted hy this country which Is unfair Lo any other part of lh country. In tile-minds of eastern men on account of Lhelr association day In and day the industrial lit of the East, there is the Idra (lint lh East wduln" Buffer If Jn any way Indus tries, were'aTTc'ctcd'bV a dlrTerent Corrn of taxation, or If there wcro grcnlc frccJom of trade, -or a reduction fi the should gel -Ii lourh with the conditions as they ex ist In the Wcsl. Many members o Llil3 Ilouac, .membera of the Govern incut I know, have" visited WcaLcr Canada in reccni years but most o kitchen.-, assures satisfaction tn bik- ing cakes, .jbiscuits. their visits have been to -.lie large and populous centres ol Lho West, lion' many of luem have gono gut anil visit- ed tha farmers In Lhelr prairie homea? How many of them havo come Into !'.al touch wllh condlllons that IB farniera have to face In Western aaada? am afraid that not ono ember ot the Government knowa the tut tho farmers havo lo face, tha metubera of this House (at Into uch with the conditions-that tar- havo to face there they would o more llbaral lu their rlcws Lowarfc LQ claims thai Ihe western farmers e presenting, Ihronch their preca nd through iiieir uiganlzed bodies nd njorc sympatboilc wlln. tuem. must adopt some policy thai will ellove ihe Lurdeu e! laiatlon noon he farmer especially where the farm- Is taxed KO heavily on MB produc- ve Implements. We muFt do these hlngs lo Increase production, to add our Immigration and to bring about internment amongst (lie people ot Ills I'cst. You know, Mr. Sneaker, I an ulte sure, that tho cheaper the artlc- of production are. anil the cheaper lie ccst of living may be, the Gtrong- r Is Ihe appeal to people tp come and cllle In this country or any olher. ounlry for lha! malter. We want lo ave conditions lhat will appeal lo _ i lo come from other lands and ellle In Western Canada and help lo evelop our as yet undeveloped re- ources. That Is one reaaon. and a cry Elrone reason, fnr the .views hlch wo have been presenting In 'thli louse from cession lo session. I "find 10 sentiment growing In Ihe.eaEl In avor of a change in the pre-ienl >d of taxation. I rind a neWB- apcr of the standing ot Ihe Financial ost calling allentlon to !he fact thai icrc Is n great Eenllmenl lu favor of i lowering of ttfo tariff and the rail- ng of revenue by olher means." I will ead just a paragraph from a recent jsue ot thai paper, dealing, with. udgel recently broufihl down hy the llnlsler of Finance. The financial ost On Iho oilier hand, the decision In favor uf free wheat Is an admis- sion of tiro fcrowlhg'strdriEl'h" of Lhe low tariff element, and Jhal clement must be recognized to a greater extent In Ihe future' than In the past. Thai Is not From the Grain Growers utde, lhat is not from a western pub- cation, but II is from.a strong nndn ada will bc.Jn a worse posittoa tn Ihe u.lure tlian It bag been .past Jo, we must resorl to other means The present ByKlem of taxation u pro posed by Lhe Mlnlsler uf Finance has Is good points and It has bad rointo, but II will only lost for the per 011 ot Ihe war. As I understand the msltion of lha Minister ot Finance, It s.that be objects to hringing-intb' el- rect an Income lai because It 'will-be dllrlcult and cosily .to operate, but" I am of Uie opinion that it lie Is In bJi position ae .Mlnlster-of 'ho war is over ha will have to adopt in Income lai and he will'have1 Irf adopt the principle of direct taxation'. That will be necessary and' we mfght as well face the fact at-tjie Ime. l.el us abandon the policy of ncreaclne the tariff because .It. Is .un- fair. H Is favoritism for the few, and L Is a burden for Iho many. Let-us adopt a lax lhat will compel the peo- ple of thh country of moderate and ,argc means to contribute their sh'arc to the cost of maintaining the Govern- menL of Ihe country. It IB. my' view and I believe it will be Ihe view'o'! Ihls Parliament In a very short" time, [hat we must come lo direct taxation In order lo meet our obligation's, f Thoae of us who have had experi- ence of larger markets Canada know lhat they hare beervto onr advantage. One thing iVc-old iTIw to see provided for by the Finance Jllnliter Is greater accessibility to the. markets lying alongilrie of'os. Government has gone as far at to pro- vide an entry tor free wheat Into lhat country, bul we want thai enlarged cauEe wo have found lhat wh'en have had lo enter Ihat market In other cases It has been' to Lho advantage of Iho western farmers. It Is not, cny Mention to aay nifire on Mils subject than to emphasize my belief as a western member lha( changes (n our'method ol 'laxalloh which I have suggested would Injurious to any olher part of the coun- try.. I wanl nt all limes to lake that slsnd; 1 want Lo be a member pt (his House llways.standing for national uilty. And remember Ihls, that we n the Weil Staie been crltlclMd ;li llraes even been'Insinu- ated Ifial our people were disloyal, Tancrodu Marsll was Ihe Conserva declaration from the Minister as to whether the request of Mr. Marclle would be considered, and alao desired lo know whether Ihc Government was Bllll' influenced by the recommenda- tions of 'Mr.- Tancrede Marsll, and BY ACOLAMAITTON, Vancouver, B. G.J Jone W. DeU. Farrls, attomer-ajemenviiad of. labor, was at one.'o'd today declared ele.cted bj. tion in Ibe Vancouver bye A week ago the Conservatives' da- I cldcd not to contest the election. On. lnde-1 tlre candidate Tor tho riding In 1911, and has subsequently controlled and operated.the Governmetit in Bagol." Gnrcrnmcat imtronnfe for the riding. v The however, would nol ings for thu period ending Slay 31sl, pendent Liberal announced thal: he observed'-llon. Mr. Graham; Miat Mr. FUKES TOAJTED F1AKE C Universal Demand TOASTED GET THE ORIGINAL -made from carer fully selected southern sweet corn- by a strictly Canadian Companyr-in their Up-to-date plant at London, for. the red, white and< packagfe.' and refuse all substitutes' of J.the; "juites-good" variety. The BatUe Creek Toasted Goto --Head Office and ;