19 MAY 1923, Page 9




THE Budget of Mr. Fielding, the Canadian Minister of Finance, as outlined by him at Ottawa on May 11th, appears to be generally regarded with approval, although the farmers consider it " purely Protectionist " and unsatisfactory to the West. According to the Times Ottawa correspondent all groups seem to be satisfied with the increase of the British Preference. The Canadian Government has made a strong bid for the support of the Maritime Provinces by confining the advantages of Preference to goods shipped direct to Canada by Canadian ports. Mr. Baxter, the Conservative member for St. John, New Brunswick, says that this is " one of the finest things done in Canada for a long time—one which our people have been hoping and praying for for years."