TARIFF: Turnips, Hay & Fish

Two neighbors sometimes agree; four neighbors, very rarely. In 1911 the Liberals were in power in Canada, and W. S. Fielding, Minister of Finance in Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Ministry, negotiated a reciprocity tariff agreement with Secretary Knox of the Taft Administration. Champ Clark swung the Democrats of the House of Representatives for reciprocity. Thereby three neighbors came into agreement: the Republicans (U. S.), the Democrats (U. S.) and the Liberals (Canada). The Conservatives (Canada) were the fourth neighbor. They overturned the pudding—and the Laurier Cabinet—in a special election. At the end...

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