May 19, 1928

INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the house that I have just received a letter containing the report of the twenty-fourth conference of the Interparliamentary Union held in Paris from August 25 to 31, 1927.

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PUBLIC WORKS ESTIMATES-QUEBEC


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. J. F. POULIOT (Temiscouata):

I

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.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

This one vote includes

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.

Importation of Asparagus

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IMPORTATION OF ASPARAGUS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

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.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I wonder if the consumers are complaining also?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

My friend should have

thought of that when Right Hon. W. S. Fielding passed the statute.

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INCOME WAR TAX ACT AMENDMENT


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.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

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.

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Section agreed to. Section 2 agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed.


HAY AND STRAW INSPECTION ACT AMENDMENT


The house resumed from May 14 consideration of Bill No. 73, respecting the inspection and grading of hay and straw-Mr. Mother-well-Mr. Johnston in the chair. tMr. Speaker.]


LIB

John Frederick Johnston (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

When this bill was

last before the committee we had advanced to section 5, and had adopted all the sections to that point.

On section 5-Tag to be affixed.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The minister was going

to look into this matter.

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IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. NEILL:

I would like to point out

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.

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May 19, 1928