HC Deb 13 March 1907 vol 171 cc35-6

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been drawn to the proposal in the Canadian House of Commons to limit the preference in British goods to those landed in Canadian ports; and if he can form any estimate of the relative amount of goods passing through Canada in bond for places in the United States, with the amount of goods passing through the United States in bond to places in Canada.


I am aware that a proposal of this nature has been made. I cannot give any estimate with regard to the value of goods passing in bond through Canada for the United States, or vice versa, but the value of re-exports of imported merchandise from Canada to the United States in the year 1905–6 is stated in the Canadian returns to have been £1,347,000, including the goods transhipped at Montreal for the United States. The total value of merchandise imported into Canada from other countries, via the United States, is stated in the same returns to have been £5,331,000.