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when all was said and done, a combination of factors- the tariff wall, scarce capital, and a situation where demand for automobiles outpaced supply- worked to Canada’s advantage in the nascent automobile industry. Imperial Preference another important factor in the growth of the Canadian auto industry was the reinstatement of the British Imperial preference in 1897 through negotiation with Prime Minister Laurier. The imperial was abolished in 1846 during an important reform of the British Colony. British North America renewed its participation in the imperial preference scheme in 1897. The Renewal of the imperial preference under the conditions of the expanded and industrialized Empire was a golden opportunity for Canadian manufacturers. They could profit from their close relations with U.S as well as exporting to other nations that were part of the British Empire- such as India, Australia, and NZD. Under the British Preference system, these markets gave Canadian manufacturers favourable tariff treatment over U.S. manufacturers. Special adv to the Canadians auto industry because U.S. companies used their Canadian units to export cheaper products to imperial nations around the world. By 1920s more than 80% of Canadian auto exports went to imperial markets. In addition to increased economies of scale and revenue, the Canadian auto industry also reaped the benefit of a reversal of seasons: sales in southern markets such as Australia, NZ, SF peaked t just the period when the Canadian market was in the winter slump. Ford Motor company gave Ford in Canada the exclusive right to manufacture and sell Ford products throughout the empire, except in U.K. by the mid 1920s, Ford in Canada had wholly owned subsidiaries in Au, India, Malaya, SF. these were managed and operated by Canadian. Reciprocity Revisited 1854 Canada had a limited free-trade agreement with the U.S, referred to as reciprocity. In 1911 the U.S. congress authorized a reciprocity agreement with Canada, which Prime Minister Laurier welcomed. In 1911, nearly 60% of Canada's imports were produced south of the border. In speech Laurier repeated that instead of paying tariff rates into the treasury, if reciprocity were enacted, consumers would see the money going into their own pockets. In theory, imperial preference and reciprocity would give Canada the best of both worlds- preferential participation in both the global and British Empire and North American economy. But Canadian industrialists were not convinced. Henry ford said “free trade brings healthy business. i can tell you that those fellows over in our Canadian unit are going to manufacture more efficiently now (under reciprocity). They’ll have to; it’s going to be a better plant over here, better organization. That’s another thing good for the manufacturer.
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But opponent argued from a different perspective. The conservative leader, Robert Borden, doesn't want reciprocity same with McLaughlin said Reciprocity is anti- Canadian and entirely opposed to the best interests of Canada’s nation life and welfare.
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  • Spring '09
  • Danny
  • Automobile, Ford Motor Company

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