June 20, 1923

INLAND REVENUE ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. JACQUES BUREAU (Minister of Customs and Excise) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 225, to amend the Inland Revenue Act. He said: The bill explains itself. The old clauses appear in the bill and the amendments are shown in italics. The first clause extends the interpretation of the word " chemist." When prosecutions 'were taken under the act it was often the case that the certificate of an assistant or junior chemist in the department, by whom the work was actually done, was refused by the court, and it became necessary to send our chemist down from the department to the court. The interpretation is extended to include any employee classified as junior chemist, assistant chemist or chemist in a laboratory in the Department of Customs and Excise or of any department of the government. The second clause makes the presentation of the certificate of the chemist prima facie evidence of his capacity to act as such. The third clause is to provide a penalty for those who deodorize denatured alcohol. Under part 10 of the Inland Revenue Act, only methylated alcohol was mentioned; we now add denatured alcohol. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


GRAIN SURVEYS

CON

Fred Wellington Bowen

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOWEN:

Is the original official sample of grain on which the grade is determined by the inspection department used in case of a survey (or re-survey) of this grain?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

The party asking for a survey on any car of grain has the privilege of requesting that the survey be held on the original sample, or on a fresh sample, drawn by an official of this department, if and when the car is in such a position or location that a fresh sample can be secured.

Questions

It has always been the practice of this department to secure fresh samples for survey purposes when requested, if at all possible to do so.

The great majority of samples placed before the Survey board are fresh samples.

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WELLAND CANAL-TOWING

LIB

Mr. BENOIT:

Liberal

1. How much of the towing on the Welland Canal, given by the Department of Railways and CanaLs, since 1917, was done by Captain William Hand, and what was he paid for this work?

2. Does the Superintendent of the Welland Canal open the tenders for towing and does he make recommendations thereon?

3. Did Captain Hand tender for towing, in December, 1921, at $5.50 per hour?

4. Was he awarded the tender at a greater amount?

5. What are the names of others who tendered on this towing, and what were the amounts of their respective tenders?

6. Who opened these tenders submitted in November and December, 1921?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. FIELDING (for the Minister of Railways and Canals): (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. Of the total paid by the Department of Railways and Canals for towing on the Welland canal since March 1, 1917, amoimting to $26,035.57, Captain William Hand received,, $3,810.50 for this work. The total amount he received is made up as follows: 3 days at $100; 38 hours at $20; 22 hours at $17; 27 hours at $13.50; 127 hours at $10; 11 hours at $7; 80 hours at $5.50.

Return trip from Port Dalhousie to Port Maitland and Dunnville-$225.

2. Usually tugs are engaged at established rates, time not permitting the calling for tenders. When desirable to obtain quotations, the superintending engineer opens the letters and accepts the lowest offer.

3. Yes.

4. No.

5. John Harrigan-$6 per hour.

6. L. D. Hara, superintending engineer, Welland canal.

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GRAIN ELEVATORS

CON

Hon. Mr. MANION:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. For what term is the lease of the G.T.P. elevator at Fort William, and the C.N.R. elevator at Port Arthur?

2. To whom are they leased?

3. When will their leases terminate?

4. Are tenders being called, or about to be called, for the leasing of these two elevators?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. FIELDING (for the Minister of Railways and Canals): (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. The lease of the Grand Trunk elevator at Fort William is for a term of ten years; for the C.N.R. elevator at Port Arthur, one

year.

[Mr. RobbJ

2. The G.T.P. elevator is leased to the Grand Trunk Pacific Elevator Company, Limited; the C.N.R. elevator to the Port Arthur Elevator Company, Limited.

3. Grand Trunk Pacific lease will expire on August 1, 1930; C.N.R., on August 31, 1923.

4. For Port Arthur, yes; Fort William lease in effect until August 1, 1930.

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COMMUTED PENSIONS

CON

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is it the intention of the government to introduce at this session legislation for the relief of returned men who have been induced to commute their pensions?

2. If so, of what nature will such relief be?

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. BELAND:

No men were induced to accept final payment of pension. Pensioners who voluntarily accepted final payment, who are dissatisfied, have been afforded an opportunity to present their complaints to the government through the medium of the royal commission appointed to investigate questions relating to pensions and re-establishment, and it is expected the matter will be covered in the final report of the commission.

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MORNING AND SATURDAY SITTINGS


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. J. J. HUGHES (King's, P.E.I.):

I would like to ask the Prime Minister if the government have considered the advisability of having the House sit Saturday next, and also holding morning sittings beginning with to-morrow or at a very early day, with a view of reaching prorogation by the 28th or 29th of this month? Perhaps the Prime Minister would like to have the opinion of the House on this question.

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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):

The government has had both these points under consideration. The government is as anxious as the members to prorogue before the end of the month, but we have not thought it necessary to begin morning sittings this week or to sit this Saturday. In all probability we shall begin morning sittings next week.

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June 20, 1923