Canada and It Provinces

Canada and It Provinces

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... British government accepted his advice in the matter, and the necessary alterations in the acts were introduced, although they did not pass until the following year. When, however, the proposed change was announced in the Maritime Provinces, the merchants of Halifax remonstrated, on the ground that it would transfer the whole of the tea trade to the American importers and would not check smuggling, inasmuch as there would still remain a duty of twenty-five per cent as an incentive. In dealing with this tea problem, Lord Sydenham incidentally referred to the peculiar attitude of the people of the British North American provinces towards the practice of smuggling, particularly in New Brunswick, the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada, and the St Lawrence frontier in Upper Canada. Smuggling, he found, was systematically practised, not merely by the lower orders, but by persons who were otherwise most respectable and influential citizens, including justices of the peace and officers of the militia. A little later, when the system of protection for native industries came to be advocated as a political principle in emulation of the American example, a number of prominent citizens in various sections of the British provinces were accused of being ardent advocates of protection by day and equally ardent practical free traders by night. IV THE TIMBER TRADE DURING the forties the long-vexed question as to the fiscal encouragement to the Canadian timber trade was finally set at rest. In 1841 those interested in this industry became greatly alarmed lest the movement towards free trade in Britain should deprive them of their preference in the British markets. Thus the movement which ensured a preference on colonial grain threatened to take away the...
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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787056
  • 9781236787057