would like to ask a question, for the sake of information, with respect to the estimates of the Department of Public Works. The first few items under the Quebec vote were passed yesterday but I do not see them either in the votes and proceedings or in Hansard, so I would like an explanation of why these items do not appear as being passed.
several items; progress was reported yesterday and when all the items under the vote are passed they will appear in the votes and proceedings. This rule is followed in connnection with all the provinces.
I would like to direct the attention of the Minister of National Revenue to the contents of a message I have just received indicating that at Toronto the market gardeners who produce asparagus have lost their market by reason of importations which have been just received there on consignment from Washington. This message asks me to press upon the government the necessity for taking immediate action under the provisions of section 43 of the Customs Act to prevent their business and their anticipations of possible profit from their enterprise being completely destroyed.
Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance) moved the second reading of Bill No. 321, to amend the Income War Tax Act.
Motion agreed to, bill read the second time and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Johnston in the chair.
On section 1-Information or complaint within three years.
Richard Bedford Bennett
(Leader of the Official Opposition)
I think I should say that the Minister of National Revenue spoke to me the other day with respect to this measure. Notwithstanding the fact that the government had not intended to introduce further legislation, it was found in administration that there had been some error in the revision of the statutes, in fixing the period of limitations within which proceedings could be taken, and it was very desirable to protect the revenue by this amendment. I am strongly of the opinion that this should be passed at this session.
that this section will mean considerable expense to the consumers of hay and straw. In the trade it is the custom to buy this hay either tagged or untagged; when it is bought untagged it is shipped by the carload and weighed on the railway, so one can readily see the saving which would be effected in the handling cost, since each bale does not have to be weighed separately. As a result untagged hay can be sold for SI per ton less than the tagged hay. As a rule the dealers buy the tagged hay for the small trade and buy the untagged hay by the carload, very often reselling it in the car, in which case they are able to sell to the consumer at from $12 to $20 less per carload. This regulation, which will apply to all kinds of baled hay, will compel a dealer to have the hay tagged when he does not want that done, and consequently the price will be increased by about $1 per ton. I think the minister's purpose would be served if he put in a provision that it would only apply in less than carload lots.