HC Deb 12 March 1906 vol 153 cc914-5

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to Sir Wilfrid Laurier's statement in Toronto, that Canada is content to attend to her own affairs in the making of her tariff, and has no desire to interfere with the people of Great Britain in their controversy over fiscal matters; and whether these views of the Canadian Government will be made known by the Colonial Office to the delegates attending the next Colonial Conference.


I have seen a report of the speech to which the hon. Member appropriately refers, and which appears fully to confirm all that has been said by free traders of the correct and † See (4) Debates, cliii., 291. disinterested attitude, consistently maintained by Canadian statesmen throughout the course of the fiscal controversy. The Canadian representative will no doubt state with perfect freedom and frankness the views of his Government on this, as on any other question that may be discussed at the Colonial Conference.