April 7, 1924

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Hon. Mr. RELAND:

1. 475; consisting of,-247 medical officers, and 228 nurses.

2. 2,447; consisting of dentists, hospital orderlies, mental attendants, ward aides, technical and service staff in hospitals and sanatoria, as well as administrative and clerical services.

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D.S.C.R.-PENSIONERS

CON

Mr. CHURCH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many pensioners of the Canadian Epedi-tionary Forces have removed to the United States or other foreign countries during the years 1921, 1922, and 1923?

2. Will such pensioners have to suffer deductions from their pension cheques by reason of the discount on Canadian money there or have Canadian banks in the United States made arrangements with American banks by which such cheques shall be cashed at par?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. BELAND: (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

1. The following statement shows the number of Canadian Expeditionary Force pensioners resident outside of the Dominion of

Canada:

No. resident in other countries,

Date No. resident includingYear ending in U.S.A. Great Britain31-3-22

3,620 7,86831-3-23

4,103 7,87029-2-24

5,054 8,0092. Pensions are payable in Canadian funds. The government has not made arrangements with Canadian banks to relieve pensioners resident in the United States of America of the loss they may sustain by reason of the discount on Canadian funds in that country.

Mr. E. RAYNER

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PRO

Mr. BANCROFT:

Progressive

1. How much money was paid to E. Rayner of Selkirk by the Public Works Department during the fiscal years 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24?

2. Were contracts called for in every case?

3. Were contracts called for in any case?

4. How many tenders were submitted in each case?

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PRO

Hon. Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Progressive

1. 1921-1922 Nil

1922-1923 $1,335.10

1922-1923 1,303.50

1923-1924 56.84

2. No.

3. Yes. In two cases.

4. First case, two tenders submitted; second case, four tenders submitted; third case, no tenders requested; emergency purchase of seven piles for the Selkirk wharf from Mr. Rayner, who was the only one to have them on hand.

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KINGSTON PENITENTIARY-CATHOLIC MISSION

CON

Mr. DOUCET:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was there a Catholic mission given for the Catholic prisoners in Kingston penitentiary similar to the Protestant mission for Protestant prisoners, during the past year?

2. If so, is it reported in the superintendent's report for that year?

3. If not, why?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. On page 11 of the Superintendent's report

is the following: " Religious missions have

been held at all of the penitentiaries during the year."

3. Missions were held in all of the penitentiaries in both the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, twelve in all-six Protestant and six Roman Catholic. One Roman Catholic report, that of the mission held in the Roman Catholic chapel of the penitentiary at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and one Protestant report, that of the mission held in the Protestant chapel of the penitentiary at Kingston, Ontario, were published. On account of urgent demands by the government for reduction in volume of annual reports, it has not been customary to publish all twelve reports. Five Protestant and five Roman Catholic were not published.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA-POULTRY INDUSTRY

CON

Hon. Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government aware of the serious condition of the poultry industry in the province of British Columbia at the present time as a result of the unfair competition of the importation of eggs from the United States ?

2. Is the government aware that eggs known as "culls" or "small" eggs from the state of Washington are being dumped on the British Columbia market by American producers?

3. Is the government aware that the duty on eggs into Canada is three cents per dozen whilst duty on eggs into the United States is eight cents per dozen?

4. Will the government undertake to remedy this unfair competition ?

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LIB

Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL: (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

causes. The past three years or so have been a period of rapid transition in the poultry business in British Columbia. A few years ago British Columbia was the largest importing province in Canada, from the standpoint of eggs, not only from United States but from the prairies and, earlier, from eastern Canada as well. Latterly, however, production in British Columbia has increased to the point where they not only supply their own requirements but during the winter months practically the total fresh egg requirements of the prairie provinces as well. Further, in addition to shipping to prairie points, British Columbia placed upwards of twenty-five cars of eggs last year in Canada at points east of the Great Lakes.

2. There is reason to believe that previous to the date imported eggs were included under the egg regulations, (October, 1922) a quantity of small or cull eggs from the states of Washington and Oregon did find their way onto the British Columbia market but since the regulations covering imports became effective, it has been required that the containers of such eggs must be marked with the name of the class and grade when lower than the grade "firsts." The fact that these eggs were marked "seconds" has done a great deal to discourage their import both in British Columbia and in the east.

3. Yes.

4. Not by a retaliatory tariff. Some remedy however is now being supplied by more stringent inspection regulations.

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EGG GRADING AND MARKETING

CON

Hon. Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government received a request from the Agricultural department of British Columbia for permission, under the regulations respecting the grading and marketing of eggs, to take legal action against those who are ignoring or breaking the said regulations?

2. If so, has such permission been granted?

3. Is the government aware that the regulations are being violated in British Columbia by exposing for sale eggs that are of a mixed grade?

4. Is the government aware that the poultry men, the producers of eggs, are properly grading under the regulations?

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LIB

Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL: (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. For the most part the regulations respecting the marketing and sale of eggs for domestic consumption have been well observed in British Columbia, the principle and objective of the regulations having received strong support from the Retail Merchants

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Association in that province, and just recently the department has been complimented by representatives of this association on the thoroughness and efficiency with which the departmental inspectors in British Columbia have carried on their work. Within the last week or two, however, one or two individuals have shown an inclination to question the authority of the department with respect to these regulations and a request has been received for authority to prosecute one offender who has continued to disregard the regulations, after having been duly warned. Steps to this end are being taken.

4. The latest advice from British Columbia is to the effect that the producers who come under these regulations are complying with them satisfactorily. There was some difficulty last fall through one producers' organization marketing storage eggs as fresh and the question of prosecuting the offender was under consideration. No action was taken, however, when the parties in question changed their methods and gave assurance that they would abide by the regulations.

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INCOME TAX

LAB

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Labour

1. What is the amount of income tax computable from returns actually made, that is overdue and unpaid for the years 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, respectively?

2. What proportion of income tax unpaid in each of the above years was derived from incomes of between: $1,000 and $5,000; $5,000 and $10,000; $10,000 and $25,000; $25,000 and $50,000; $50,000 and $100,000?

3. What means are used by the department for checking the accuracy of income tax returns?

4. Are the bank accounts of taxable persons open to the inspection of income tax officials?

5. Do the chartered banks make any returns to the government of the amounts on deposit to the credit of those liable for income tax?

6. Is the income tax levied at the same rate onearned income as on income derived from investments? If not, what is the difference?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

May I ask my hon.

friend if he would withdraw this question? Some of the information asked for might be given, but there is a part of it which cannotbe given under the act. I understand that

if my hon. friend will go' down to the office of the Commissioner of Taxation he can obtain some of the information referred to here.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I would like to

know what part of this question cannot be answered under the act. It seems to me a pre-eminently reasonable request that we should know what amounts are due in this

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respect. Statements are being freely circulated that some of the large firms are being carried along while smaller firms or individuals are being forced to pay up their income tax. It would seem to be in the public interest that the House should know just where we stand in this regard.

Question stands.

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GEORGE H. ALEXANDER

April 7, 1924