With reference to this question I find that a similar question was asked in the 1932 session. The then prime minister answered in a manner of which I wholly approve, and I quote his answer:
The question which the hon. gentleman asks I submit should be dropped. It is impossible to tell what sums have been derived from each province for the last five years, and by what department of the dominion government. It is possible to ascertain, as is known to every hon. member in this house, sums collected at the customs houses and income tax offices in each of the provinces. Obviously however, imports at cities like Montreal, Quebec, Saint John, Halifax, or other cities at the seaboard do not always show their destinations, and questions which have been asked in times past in this connection have not produced results. The bureau of statistics have not been able to get the information. It is not a question which the government could accurately answer, and an inaccurate answer would be worse than none at all.
For the same reasons I suggest that the question be dropped.
Subtopic: CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
1. Why did the Hervay Chemical Company of St. Basile, Portneuf county, as already stated to the house, refuse to produce its books to Mr. Allaire, the auditor, if the said books were correct?
2. How was it that this company in bankruptcy in the spring of 1931 owed the government $21,079.62 for arrears of sales tax if its books were correct and its returns were truthful?
3. Why has the company been prosecuted for refusing to produce its books, if the said books were accurate?
4. Why did Mr. Savary, accountant for the company, make the statements credited to him by the Department of National Revenue in its reply to previous questions, if the books and returns were accurate and truthful?
5. Has the company's indebtedness of $21,079.62 been settled by the Department of National Revenue for $5,227.65 and has the department given the company a receipt in full for the balance of the debt?
6. Who was the legal representative who made the settlement for the company with the Department of National Revenue?
7. Why did the Department of National Revenue allow the company's arrears of sales tax to reach the sum of $21,079.62?
8. Who is responsible for the fact that the sales tax owing by this company to the Department of National Revenue had not been paid and that the tax arrears were permitted to accumulate to the amount mentioned?
Subtopic: HERVAY CHEMICAL COMPANY
3. Regularly, each season, from 1912 to 1929, inclusive. In March, 1930, ferry service was ordered discontinued, and Ross granted two months' retiring leave with pay.
In July, 1930, ferry service resumed for balance of season only, and George Siddall temporarily employed. Siddal resigned following the 1930 election, when Ross was reemployed. Since 1930, ferry service has been maintained from season to season on a temporary basis, and Ross' services continued in similar capacity up to and including 1935 season of navigation.
5. George Siddall.
6. Frank Laidlaw.
Subtopic: PORT MAITLAND, ONT., FERRY