Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada Volume 32, No. 10
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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...in certain treaties made in years gone by between the Mother Country and various nations, in which the terms of the socalled most/avouredrwtion clauses debarred her from entering into reciprocal trade relations with foreign countries or giving preferential tarili rates to the Mother Country unless giving the same advantages without compensation to all holding mostfavoured nation treaties. The countries with which Great Britain has Treaties still in force defined by the Law Otiicers of the Crown as binding in this respect upon Canada. are: --' Argentine, AustriaHunga.ry Belgium, Bolivia, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Liberia, Morocco, Norway, Persia, Russia, Salvador, South African Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga. and Venezuela. The most objectionable from a Canadian point of view by reason of their peculiar wording are those with Belgium and Germany. The interpretation put upon them by the Imperial Authorities being that: --1. They do 'not prevent differential treatment by the United Kingdom in favour of British Colonies. 2. They do prevent diferential treatment by British. Colonies in /aoour of the United Kingdom. 3. / do not prevent aliferential treatment by British Colonies in favour qf each other. And in effect further than . self-governing colony like Canada cannot enter into a trade arrangement through the Home Government with any Foreign Power giving in return for compensating advantages any tariff concessions whatever unless such concessions shall be fully shared in unconditionally by all countries holding mostvfavourednation treatie, by the Imperial Government and by all sister colonies. Canada has more than once had occasion to approach the Home...
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