March 27, 1933

COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS


Mr. A. U. G. BURY (East Edmonton) presented the first report of the select standing committee on standing orders and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

FIRST AND SECOND READING OF PRIVATE BILLS

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved:

That for the remaining period of the session, all private bills, when presented, be read a first _ and second time forthwith, and that standing order 105 respecting the posting of private bills referred to the house be suspended.

[Mr. Murphy. 1

This is the usual rule, made in like circumstances, having regard to the date which we have reached in the session.

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Subtopic:   FIRST AND SECOND READING OF PRIVATE BILLS
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Motion agreed to.


AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved:

That the name of Mr. Hackett be substituted for that of Mr. Sproule on the select standing committee on agriculture and colonization.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILL-FIRST READING


Bill No. 56, respecting The Nipissing Central Railway Company.-Mr. Casselman. ' TAX ON SUGAR


ALLEGED .APPLICATION OF NEW RATE TO STOCKS ON HAND

CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance):

I have received many representations in protest against the alleged unfair action of wholesalers who are said to have anticipated the budget and in consequence have it is alleged reaped substantial profits through raising prices immediately on the stocks of sugar they have in hand.

The question of forestalling is a very difficult one to deal with. It has proved difficult and baffling to all governments, and up to the moment I know of no effective remedy which has been discovered to meet the situation. There is this to be said, that while there can never be an exact balance, the fact remains that when a tax is removed the reverse of this picture holds good, and the wholesaler on that occasion is out of pocket the amount of tax which is remitted, to the extent of the stock he has in hand.

I may say that all wholesalers have not been quite so fortunate, if the sugar wholesalers have been, because I know of one instance where one firm in one city borrowed 818,000 for the purpose of paying the duty to take tea and coffee out of bond, in anticipation of this very thing happening, and in that instance they will be losers to the extent of the overstock in hand and the carrying charges in the meantime.

While it is doubtful whether a remedy can be found, I wish to take this early opportunity in the session to say that the matter will be most carefully inquired into, and if a remedy is available to meet the justice of the case it will be applied.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

There is the peace, order

and good government bill.

Questions

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Has the minister received any complaints with regard to the six per cent sales tax on molasses? People who cannot now afford sugar must use molasses, on which there is a sales tax of six per cent.

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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

I think I can answer that

question offhand and be absolutely accurate. I doubt whether there is any commodity on which a tax is placed with respect to which there will not be some protests.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


GRANBY, QUEBEC, POST OFFICE

CON

Mr. TETREAULT:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was a heating system installed in the post office of Granby, Quebec?

2. If so, when?

3. What was the total cost of installation?

4. Who sold the heating system to the government and who did the installation

thereof ?

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Subtopic:   GRANBY, QUEBEC, POST OFFICE
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March 27, 1933