April 25, 1923

FINES UNDER INCOME TAX ACT

CON

Mr. MAYBEE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How much was collected in each province, in penalties, for violation of the Income Tax Act, each year since its imposition?

2. Is the Government prepared to consider a variation in penalties in connection with the Income Tax Act; (a) as between first offender and subsequent offenders; and (b) according to the duration of time the taxpayer is in default?

1921 1922 1923 $ 7,758 02 $10,634 15 $12,542 385,190 97 5,132 31 6,941 7628,714 86 24,332 39 25,603 0277,229 53 73,533 69 90,955 3120,621 90 20,298 37 13,841 9012,172 48 14,919 27 21,940 8412,936 24 11,871 97 10,687 5113,775 36 15,899 36 19,015 39375 09 261 18 212 402. A revision of the penalty clauses in The Income War Tax Act is under consideration. ARICHAT WHARF

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CON

Mr. HANSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total cost of the repairs to the Arichat, Cape Breton, wharf (a) in 1921; (b) in 1922?

2. What amount of lumber was used?

3. What were the various sizes and dimensions of lumber used ?

4. What was the cost for each size or dimension per thousand?

5. Who supplied the lumber in question?

6. What amount was paid to each party for lumber so supplied?

7. What was the total amount of money paid in wages, and at what rate?

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PRO

Hon. Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Progressive

1. No repairs were made to the wharf at Arichat during the fiscal years 1921 and 1922.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Answered by No. 1.

Single Transferable Vote

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UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR PAPERS


TORONTO SUBURBAN RAILWAY Mr. CHURCH: For a copy of all orders in council, letters, agreements, telegrams, and other correspondence relating to the sale of the Toronto Suburban Railway or any part thereof by the government of Canada or the Canadian National Railways to the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario or the city of Toronto.


THE SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):

In view of the fact that the House, without a division, approved of the principle of transferable votes in single-member constituencies, is it the intention of the government to bring in a bill during the present session to carry that idea into effect?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I spoke of this matter the other day but I am afraid my hon. friend was not in the House at the time. I asked the chief electoral officer of the government to prepare an amendment to the Elections Act to meet what my hon. friend has in mind. I have received his report; I find it will involve the amending of a number of sections of the act as it stands. It is not the simple matter which my hon. friend imagines it is, of a clause or two; it will necessitate amending the existing act in many particulars. The government is not desirous of adding to the legislative programme of the present session by bringing the Elections Act into the House for purposes of amendment if no special immediate need for this appears on the surface. Under the circumstances, our present intention is to allow any amendments to the act to remain over until next session.

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MR. DUNCAN MARSHALL


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS:

I would call the attention of the government to an article appearing in the Toronto Daily Star of Monday, April the 23rd, under the caption "Eager crowds watch emigrants depart." The article says in part:

Duncan Marshall, Chief of the Colonization department, came to see the party off.

The article declares also that a large number of people who purposed coming to this country changed their minds at the last moment. I might ask the government whether Mr. Duncan Marshall wTas on business of the department at Stornoway or has he been transferred to the Colonization department? When

was such transfer made? Or is this a case *where a disappointed politician is receiving just a little joy ride to Stornoway?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

This is the first intimation I have had of any transfer of the kind.

AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS REPORT On the Orders of the Day:

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UFA

Alfred Speakman

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPEAKMAN:

Does the government intend to have copies of the interim report of the special committee to inquire into Agricultural Conditions printed and placed in the hands of hon. members? This is a very important report and hon. members should have an opportunity of studying it.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It is printed in the Votes and Proceedings.

PRIVILEGE-MR. GOOD On the Orders of the Day:

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. W. C. GOOD (Brant):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. On the 1st of March my veracity was inferentially questioned by the Minister of Justice (Sir Lomer Gouin) who, in reference to myself spoke these words:

He quoted the Hon. Mr. Raney as his main authority,

I would say to justify his resolution. I am not sure that I shall surprise the ,hon. member for Brant, but

1 may tell him this, that the Hon. Mr. Raney has never asked for any such amendment as the amendment my hon. friend now proposes to this House.

And a little further on:

Mr. Raney never asked that we should repeal section

2 of article 235 as the hon. member for Brant now

proposes.

I had not at that time the definite information which would enable me to give a categorical denial of that unfair charge, but I wrote to Mr. Raney immediately afterwards- on the 3rd March. Unfortunately, owing to his illness, I did not secure permission from him to use his letter until a. short time ago. I wish to read a paragraph of Mr. Raney's letter to me in reply, in which he says:

You stated the situation very fairly in your speech winding up the debate-

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I would remind the hon. member that under the rules it is not permissible to read a letter referring to the current debates of this House.

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

Mr. Speaker, all I have to say is that what I had intended to place on record emphatically and distinctly confirms my statement and proves beyond a shadow of doubt that I was speaking the truth when I stated Mr. Raney's position.

Naturalization Acts

Sir LOMER GOUIN (Minister of Justice); Mr. Speaker, I regret I was not in my seat when my hon. friend rose. I simply said that, I would perhaps surprise him when I declared that I had. received a communication from the Attorney General of Ontario asking for a certain amendment which I would introduce. I never pretended that he was not speaking the truth in what he said to this House.

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NATURALIZATION ACTS AMENDMENT

April 25, 1923