Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)
Bright, C. M.
Taxation, pp. 273-306 PDF (6.8 MB)
AGRICULTURAL AND M1ECHANICAL ASsOCIATION-. 293 Protective tariff Canada' Only a few years ago, not more than ten years ago, Canada was deeply in debt, with a de- pleted treasury, at the wits end of its people and a govern- ment to carry on, the government of the Dominion, from Year to year getting further and further in arrears. There came over Canada money, a revolution. What is the result of that revolution? They set up a pa- per currency entirely. Protected themselves even against the old country, even against manufacturing England, and British empire and the daughter of the old mother country took measures to protect hers against English industry, against the English empire and English goods. What is the condition of Canada? Everything goes on smoothly and harmonious, except in Manitoba, and that is local you may say. That is a separate matter standing by itself. In the various manufacturing centers of Canada within the last ten years, manufacturers have been increasing and the population has largely increased also. A manufacturing town is a growing town. A large farming community does not build up a state. Take for instance two cities side by side - Oshkosh and Fond du Lac - Oshkosh with its big pickerel pond, Lake Winnebago. Fond du Lac surrounded on all sides by a large flourishing rural community of well- to-do farmers, but few manufacturing interests. Her man- ufactures are rather diminishingthan increasing. With the diminution of her manufactures, that city, with all the ad- vantages of her locality, is diminishing in population. With our own city of Neenah you see the difference in growth. With a city or town of manufactures the increase of popu- lation and the rural element all around, it is finding a home market for its product right there at the doors. They are not compelled to ship their goods in Canada to Quebec or across the water to Liverpool or London, in Canada. They find a home market for them and they take their goods to the market and take their money home in their fists and spend their money in various comforts, dry goods and gro- ceries. So much may be said of the progress in Canada. What is good for Canada I think is good for the Yankees.
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