May 5, 1924

REPORT PRESENTED


Second report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce-Mr. Cahill (for Mr. Mitchell).


CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL

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):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay

on the Table a return to an address, dated March 19, by the hon. member for North Toronto (Mr. Church) asking for a copy of all correspondence, petitions, protests, letters, resolutions, and other documents exchanged between the government and any person or persons or organizations, or provincial governments or other public bodies in Canada, protesting against the illegal diversion of the waters of the Great Lakes by the Chicago Drainage Commission and of any and all correspondence with the government of the United States, the Joint International Commission or others on the subject.

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ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY

LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. A. B. COPP (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the Table a further supplementary return to an address by the hon. member for North Toronto (Mr. Church) asking for a copy of all memoranda, correspondence, telegrams and other documents exchanged between the government of Ontario and the Hydro-Electric Commission of Ontario and the government of Canada relating to the development of certain water powers on the St. Lawrence waterway.

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UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

PRO

Leland Payson Bancroft

Progressive

Mr. L. P. BANCROFT (Selkirk):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to present a petition from the Presbyterian church of Little Britain, Manitoba, asking for the passage of the bill to incorporate the United Church of Canada.

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Fenwick Lionel Kelly

Liberal

Mr. F. L. KELLY (Cape Breton North and Victoria):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to present a petition from St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, Sydney Mines, N.S., signed by John A. Patterson and 790 others, and a petition from the Greenwood Presbyterian church, Baddeck, N.S., signed by J. A. McDermid and 219 others in opposition to the Church Union bill.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. G. G. COOTE (Macleod):

Mr. Speaker,

I desire to present a petition signed by J. Kennedy and 167 others of the Presbyterian church, Macleod, Alberta, protesting against the Church Union bill.

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LIB

William James Hammell

Liberal

Mr. W. J. HAMMELL (Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to present a petition from Raymond, Ontario, signed by the Rev. J. Macartney; also a petition from the Presbyterian church of Port Sydney, signed by the Rev. J. Macartney, praying for the incorporation of the United Church of Canada.

Questions

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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 67 (from the Senate), for the relief of Rilla May Freeman.-Mr. Gordon. Bill No. 68 (from the Senate), for the relief of Jessie Maria Watchorn.-Mr. Rankin. Bill No. 69 (from the Senate), for the relief of Walter Scott Miller.-Mr. Logan. Bill No. 70 (from the Senate), for the relief of Harriet Bertha Wiser.-Mr. Rankin. Bill No. 71 (from the Senate), for the relief of Esther Mary Edwardes St. George.-Mr. Chew. Bill No. 72 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mabel Peters.-Mr. Stewart (Leeds). Bill No. 73 (from the Senate), for the relief of William Thomas Trott-Mr. Stewart (Leeds). Bill No. 74 (from the Senate), for the relief pf Lucy Elizabeth Smith.-Mr. Carruthers. Bill No. 75 (from the Senate), for the relief of Florence Luella Patterson Kelly.-Mr. Ross (Kington). Bill No. 76 (from the Senate), for the relief of Arthur Harold Mingay.-Mr. Rankin. Bill No. 77 (from the Senate), for the relief of Isabella Guild.-Mr. Hudson. Bill No. 78 (from the Senate), for the relief of Albert Lawrence.-Mr. Harris.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) INCOME TAX Mr. WOODSWORTH: 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 on earned income as on income derived from investments? If not, what is the difference?


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

1 and 2. No information available as taxpayers accounts are only recorded in the ledgers kept at the various district offices

throughout the Dominion. From the inception of the Income War Tax Act, 1917 to 31st March, 1924, the assessments levied amounted to $267,004,599.88, while the collections, exclusive of penalties and interest, during the same period amounted! to $265,228,674.55.

3. Information is compiled covering the income of each individual taxpayer, whether such is obtained in the form of salary, revenue from estates, dividends, sales of natural products or from other sources, and is checked with the return filed by taxpayer. Should a discrepancy exist an investigation is made. In the case of businesses, whether incorporated or not, financial statements are obtained and audited, which includes, if deemed necessary, an examination of the books and vouchers at the place of business of the taxpayer.

4. Paragraph (c) of subsection two of section 8 as amended provides as follows:-

(c) Every person who, in whatever capacity acting, is in receipt of any money, thing of value, or of profits, or gains arisihg from any source, of or belonging to any other person shall, when required to do so by notice from the minister prepare and deliver to the minister any information required, within thirty days from the date of the mailing of such notice.

5. No.

6. No. In respect to dividends corporations are required to pay from 10 per cent to 104 per cent on profits realized in excess of $2,000, while shareholders are only relieved from payment of normal tax.

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OUTGOING FREIGHT BY UNITED STATES PORTS

CON

Murray MacLaren

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

1 What amounts of freight for transportation through the United States ports were carried during the year 1923, respectively, by the railways which formerly constituted: (a) Canadian Northern Railway

system; (b) Grand Trunk Railway system; (c) Grand Trunk Pacific Railway system; and (d) National Transcontinental Railway system?

2. What were the names of the United States ports and the amounts of such freight each received?

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May 5, 1924