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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 8, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta WediicHday Mnrvh Stii, 1011 TTfK LETn�!MI)(;E DAILY lIEKALb Vafire 11. LAURIER IS PREPARED TO INCREASE BRITISH PREFERENCE (Continued from Front Pugt.) The rrctnio.r Ueiilt. with the statement, inndc bv Mr. l''()sti>r that Ihc. canio to rny "I'onr hiimlilp self", and he spoilt: as follows ; " 'A man of s'lch (me /in?. s-irU n;iiul and business aomiii'n as 'liiM (JpiitIcman, who leads Lliu n,f- ''�or of a nation of ninetv belter prices for products of tlu' Can-JMr. Ciiarlllon was iKjust to him and niiliions of people was opened it was adian faiimT. This was a prop,,ml ion that lit- wa.--; perfectly sincere in his 'heir duty lo ent(a- Instead of this ^" obvious t,i,;it he was surprised it desire to have reciprocity with llie t'lf Oovernment was fronted with the should receive the treatment it had �T'liited ,Siat.fs. Then again in i be _ objection "il will be all over with received on l),e pail of the opponents panic year Mr Foster introduced a Canadian eonfedcratioii, and even the of ibe measure He then outlined the revision of the iHrifT, from which it Brilish Kmpire would reel and rock four principal objections taken to the .�ft as quitf) Iti-ne, said .Sir Wilfrid, he "Pf" iLs foundations /,et us ap- agieemenl by the leader of the oppo-liad removed the standing offer of re- proach this (|ueslion from the point silion and proceeded to deal wilh ciptocity wlileh had been in the tar-1 of view of conMiion sense " ilhem in detail. They were, firsi. This remark by Sir Wilfrid carried ^'''i' f'"', but he simply reproduced it in atihother form of means of special clausftl, which staler! that ; lerously and the opposition, applaud- '"'''^  ^i'''"'"!. that it would destroy fish, eggs, shiiuriles, pnlpwood, roots, ljuckwheal, etc, v.-ere lo be free when they wer(.i adirltted free into the Dm I Mi Stii.t.�s, nerying the rli^rgc ihal Ihe Liber-els had abandonml reeiprocitv m ing Ihe sentiment with great enthii.-i- "atioiuil resources ; third, that it asm. It amounled to iin ovaii.n .....'I imperil our industries, fourth, which lasted for several uiimili's "I am glad," continued .Sir Wilfrid, "that my remarks on that point evoke some response from (he other liiiil il would dissolve our autonomy .i::d land us iiltimalely in the ..\ineri-laii republic, ill regard to the first objection Sir be .\rgenline Republic send wheat to That is why we have acted as wc a benefit at least to some sections 0|f Canada there is no reason why Can- have done We have gone very tim- the community. It may he qualified* ada should eend wheat to the Argen- idly with great care into this agree- but it is there all the same, and the tine So that objection is wholly cx- monl. When we came into office in fourth resolution goes on that the plodori and may be dismissed with.- lUOe we had the' same problem before proposed agreement would weaken the out any further comment" us, and the same considerations tic which binds Canada to the Em- I weighed upon us, and wc took the ut- pire. .The fifth resolution that to ; most possible precaution while giving avoid disruption of trade which after Touching on the question of Conser- as wc were bound to do to the con- some years under the said agreement vation Sir Wilfrid argued that Mr. suircing public abetment of the tarifl, would result when said agreement ter Foster was particularly indignant on v.e took every precaution In so doing minated and a protective tarilt ........______^ _ _.......... tins Poi'it He grew eloquent and not to injure any existing Industries against Canada established by the a-tTv'cs"'"Is the only medicine in the asked what was nieanl by the estah- 1 think we have been successful, United States, Canada will be torc- ''.shment of a conservation coiniiiis- Although it was part of our policy to ed to closer trade relations with sion for the preservation of our na- obtain reciprocity with the United them which would still further weak- tural resources and then to proceed Slates we have acted carefully in so en those ties and make it more dlffi- wiih ruthless hands to dcstrov their ,i,i,g and have not Injured any Indus cult to avert political union with the work. The commission for conser- try. The only industry aftectcd is tjnited States. vation of our natural resources. Sir that of agricultural implemcn'ts the' Mark these words, Canada wouW.^' Wilfrid .said was not intended to deal duty on some of "which has been- re- forced to closer trade relations. Welf, with the questions of political ecou- d,ccd from 17i to 15, and on'others if Canada could he forced what wotiil* omy but with the question of phv-iicwl (ton 20 to Id per cent. It- would force her. Nations there have been science. What was the object of have been pleasing for myself, at; all; which in the face of a great cmier- these natural resources' They ,ve:e events, to have gone beyond, but that gency, a great national calamity if we did we would rise to the occasion, and even my only medicine. I am iu cxcu-Ueut health, and " I-'niit-a livr" is the inedicine that cured me after I had been at Death's Door for months. I am gl.id to be able to give you this testiinouinl. It may benefit some other woman sufferirg as I snlTered, as I believe that I v/onl;torcs these vital organs to their normal strenKth and vigor-and cures every trace ofKidney Trouble. "Fniit-a-tiv'es" ix the onl" m�>'Ur-i,� ;, tu^ world made of fruit, 50c. a box, 6 for $2.5*, fri.Tl ..;ize. 25c. At dcaleriiorfrom Fruit-a-tivcs limited, Ottawa. any railw'ay to be built south of that railway, or to within fifteen miles 01 the International Boundary. I luler Ihesc circumstances trade could noi he diverted from Canadian lo .\nieri- can channels. That was a restric- K'^^^"" ''r'" we considered that lion upon the enterprise of ihi> people l.'-flT, Sir Wjifrid explained that his side. We will see how far (hey will lemni'kp on the return of. the hi[;h go." The l-iritish Preference commissioner from Washington that furth?!''advances toward reeiprocitv Mould linve t .-iinl of tion, which, however, be declared did ' (ireat HrJtuin," said the rremier, not involve any change of polic\ in . ihal by this arrangement lhe\' were Wilfrid said thai it might he discus-'of the west which was to last (or ed from two points of view, from the twenty years. .As a malh-i 01 lad. IiMiiil 01 vif.w of goods going from ''his lasted just si.v years, or at least Canada into tlie I'nited .States for after six years the govcrumeni had the purpose of being carried over to to recall that legislation �This is Ci.Ml Britain and goods going from one of the tiKi.'Jt dramaiic pages of I'.inada to the Cniled .States for consumption.  In regard lo the first the situation the history of our counlry," s.iid the Premier, "and no one knows it better lihaii the member for Brandmi 1 use of man ani all civilized nations would perhaps do injustice to the women would throw their jewels ati'.l have acted accordingly. Our anccs- who have invested money in ornaments into the comnion fliad fct tors left Iheir respective lands, cane these establishments. This govern- the protection of the country, . bun to this country and took it fro;n he rncni does not legislate for the farm-' we are told here by Canadian Tories Indians for the purpose of taking hoiil er alone, or for the manufacturers that if a crisis-an economic crisis- of the natural resources and us: ,g alone, or for any one class, but for were to arise in which their pockets them for Iheir benefit. The Indians nianufacturcrs, farmers and tor all would be liable to suffer, they wca'rl were men after the heart of the me-iv classes which compose our nation, hisltate between their pockets a.nd her for .North Toronto. They wre (jfear, hear). After enlarging upon , their loyalty. that regard on the part of the Liber-, putting an end to every possibililv of "oubl not be ufiecled one iota. At ^" "''^ "''^^ al goveinment Replving lo the"n..utual preferential trade willi Creal the present lime goods go from Can- hut know he / was a claim bv Mr. Foster and Mr. Sifton ' Britain. The member from Brandon ada lo be shippe.l from Boston, New -"""'g politician and could not have that the government had received no' made thai, argumenl. and I hav(. ^ork, or any American ports, with-r''p�" indifTcrcnt to what was taking mandate from the people to enter heard it from the other side of tlu �ipon such negotiations, he said he , hou.se. 1 take positive issue wilh .Vmcrican goods come to Canada to ; "Pon energy, upon �*as More Than Astonished great preservatives of natur.I le- t|,j,; argument. Sir Wilfrid proceeded, s.airces. They kept them not fur th-ir -There are men who believe that we children, hut for their children .md g^e going to recklessly ruin industry children of their children. When our capital. Capital is timid under , ^. ^ ....... ancestors came here they found In- ^11 circumst.ances and the man who 'if^.^y which wa.s negotiated by f.o;-d dians using implements made of wood ^t the head office and the minis-i'^'K'"' ''th'Sir Francs HIncks as hi� History Recalled But the Tories of fifty years were made of sterner stuff. In 1851 Hbe- t" see Mr. iSifton take that ground. He believed Ilia I the conversion of its falseness In he shown. We never taken pan on ibis side 01 0111 paying duty. In the same way : P'^-^- There w-as .a^^^-^-;;- p;;} t,,, -^^^ a'sVisVhim ;;�ld";ot"'"b"e ''7^. f f ""''"^ the people. Our ancestors came here to ^orthv of public confidence if thev """^ abundance o prosperity. ten use our national resources, but un- ^eie not alwavs careful to see that >-ok cuntrv. The cr.mmission which was tiow come," said bir Wilfrid ' a refuge in political union ? Xo. in presided over bv the honorable m.em- '^'"^ �^ objections raised the face of that action they conc3^^�e:! her for Brand.n'i would do a service '^P'^*"''' ^" ^^''^ agreement the and organized a Canadian confedera- to a communitv in teaching the farm OPPO^'^'"" t'"^ f^^*' ^''f tion. 'ers and lumbermen bv suggesting leg- ^" ^''tonomy and fin- ^gj.^ ^^^^ negotiated islation and bv doing what has not ''"5' ��\mencan Repub- ^.^^.^^ ^^^^^ , j,^^,^ ^^j^^ taken lo >Vuitreal and shipped with- ''rnmeut attempted fur six years to oiil paying duty. This was by virtue of the bonding privilege which had keep that legislation in force " Recalls An Instance ind that it w(juld be no one had ever heard of a complaint .Sir Wilfrid, with some detail, re- having changed his altitude since That time. It was true thai the pari in this controversy, and we pre- 'he other. There was a time, he said between the l)i-niiiiion and Manitoba fer lo remain silent, having laid out when he felt nervous, but on relied- Covernments .,vcr the celebrated ques question of reciprocity had not been ^^^j^^^, 1^^,^^.^^^ ^1^^, Knglish people, the bonding privilege was simpiv tion of disailnv. ai;cr, and called the been done until 111 showing all the present time, Autonomy, they speak of auton- '^^^ minister Sir Fran- the people how to ^y'-V ''�^^ only last year we ^.^ ^.^^^^ ^^ ^^^.^^^^ ^g^.l heard the same men rebuke us he- IflOO,, And what was our policy ? It was an act set forth bv the Canadian ministers Cnit( et of goodwill on the part of the attention 01 V.-:. Siiton to a certain j,.,j,pj,t ^,,3, .'d States towards Canada. That day in October. 18*^7, when the CP. .,,, -.^^^ ,. ;T ,, ^, an issue in the campaign of 11104 and 1908, but the reason was that so far as he knew there was no cnnfi'rence of 1902 and was in \vas when we had no communicali-jn R. challenged ihe right of the prov- diflercnce of opinion between the Lib-^,^p^^, ^^.^^^.^^ . .j,,^^ Panadian mmi.s- of our own to the seas. But n .w incc to cross their line towards the eral and t onservatne parties re.gard-^^^.^ staled (hat if they could be as- that we had a continuous commu.ni- .south and tw(, hundred citizens of ing It He declined to accept the ar- Imperial government ration on the � Canadian soil to the W inniiieg went 11, a body to the poinl Z''u^,/\'u'7 :r\.-Zui gument that because ,h,s matter had ^^.^^^^^^ principle of prefer- sea, we felt that the United States of crossing, ai.d l,v force elfected a l,,"^ m e t^^n t t, not been discussed belore the people,' 1 i 1 1 , .. � .. prudent manner than at th use these resources with prudence. i,v the first Liberal Conservative ad- He concluded this portion of his ar- ^""'^^ P'^''' to"''""ch attention to ministration tnal we had. That ad-.1, whether the '"""�o">v whether they i^VProv^ j,iaMTat\on was presided over by Americans took them or not and whe- autonomy, or whether they com-, r^ory, Sir ther this agreement went into effect '^' t'"^>' Nearly m one m-.^,^j^ MaoNab, and one of its m.?m- or nol, the natural resources of the ^'x^^' """crstood or ^^^^^ ^^.^^ ^ ^^^^^ ^ ,^ coui.trv would be ma ade use of, but ai.preciated the true meaning of the j^^^^jj g.^ ^U,; MaoNA ..or word. This new horn zeal of auton-. ential tradi^ generally, and parlicu- could remove bonding privilege at erossing. The Can.idian government larly gram lo the food products of any time il pleased, and if they (;id came down and the ]irivilegc was re-Canada in the I nilcd Kingdom ex- so they would siilTer iifore than Can- pealad. "Now, I ask the luetuher for the government was drharred frorrr entering int.0 an agrermeiil. What mandate, he asked had f.,ord Klgin in IS.')2, when he went to Washington to enter into tirentv arrangement. What '""""" , , .......,, , ,� r ...... ........ further into llie subject and endeavcu- tiealy passed or not. I am very so- lo give lo the Biiiish manufacturers licilous, ' said the Premier, "of re-siuve iiu'ie.ised advant.ige over his taining in mir own channels, Caiia-foreign compel iiors in Hie market of dian trade and I think I can show prill time. in a more the present omv i did John A. falter ? Did they liy to y when re.luced to actual "POsi-� ' ^^^t they w�ttl� mot ad- mandate haif I lie government of IKIM 1.1 put through parliament the resolution which proposed confederation ^ot a word about it had ever been heard by the people. When Canada assented in Ht7l to the Washington tion, is generally expressed m this , ^.^ ratification of that tIMty Our Industries ; "'^^J "'''J' P"'^^'!". for fear that if it were alteiwards ger to our autonomy in this agree- abolished, the Canadian people w�f>!d emption from duties, the Canadian ada. He believed, however, that our N'orth Toronto what became of those; "I now pass to a n-.orc important mont itself, but this is on a first step iQ^ceii Into eloiar relAtlons with ministers would be prepared to go con/lilion was absolutely safe whether investors who !..,,! put their ii,'one>- in obieclion," said .Sir Wilfrid, "really thai will be followed by others. This US? the C PR up,.', the faith of the C;in- the only ohjeclion of any consequence They tell us is a trade agreement con adian govei iii.m i Were thev ruined tli.it I know of. That objection is fined to natural products and in an-by it �' Wh.-ii hic.ime'; of this lurhid that this agn'emeiit will imperil our other year the agreement will be ex-rhetoric of II!'. II,.n Fnend, which I industries II,iw will it imperil our tended to manufactured products, and Cana,end a bushel of anv kind of grain t,i Canada However, ,,,,,,f^,.,,,,-ed products as agrlcultur Kngland could give a preference in her |,,i|,l;-nienis markets fur o,ir natural products ifi she chose (o change her policy and | Kair 1,1 tli,-- Industries then wc were prepared to give upon her manufactured products a corres-po-iing advantage Most Favord .Nation Treaties uH-d products, but insisted on limit- are told that this agreement rcay per ing Ihe agreement simply to such ,,,^p, lead to certain satisfactory re- enter into mutually profitable commercial intercourse. We were told suits for some time, but that later j that unless this retrograde policy It may he removed and may be followed by a high protectionist tariff, and under such circumstances tho Well, we h.ive limited our aeree- (,'aiiadiau peojile would not have the en! lo that and in doing this I stamina to resist dislocation of trade What t|ien of all the shriek.n lamentations and deprecations we had heard from jH li'iduv V�ua Uiis uoiiil. i know tliat we have not gone as far ljut would bo forced to seek refuge in I as certain 'ieeticn- of the coi:n,unilv the American union. This is an ar-;ujnt('d us t,i i;,, \ icriain section guiuenl we have hoard from the lead-and|�.iiiied free inipirniii.lalloKelher, er ,11' the Opposition, this is the ar-hui wc did nol Hunk it prudent or gument which 1 have read from the advi.s,ihle lu io Ihal fur, and why ? | remarks of the member for J^orth was maintained Canada was exposed to danger and that it would lead to annexation. There was at one time an annexation movcn�ent in thi.s coun try and it received its first check when Lord Elgin brought back from Washington the reciprocity treaty of 1854. From that day to this the desire for annexation had dwindleil until there was not a vestige of it leit. 9m 1 ;