April 25, 1938

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Doubtless there are thousands of letters which are of no value at all.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ARMY AND NAVY AND IRISH SWEEPSTAKES
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UNITED STATES GOODS IN TRANSIT


On the orders of the day:


CON

Gordon Graydon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Usley). I am in receipt of resolutions passed by the municipal council of the town of Brampton, and the railway employees at that point, opposing any revision of the customs regulations which would permit the transport of United States

National Revenue-Exemption of $100

goods in bond through Canada by motor truck. Would the minister care to give assurances to the house at this time that no such change is in contemplation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES GOODS IN TRANSIT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REVISION OF CUSTOMS REGULATIONS PERMITTING TRANSPORT OF GOODS IN BOND THROUGH CANADA BY MOTOR TRUCK
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of National Revenue):

Any change in the practice would have to be effected by amendment to the Customs Act, not merely by change in the regulations. No change in that regard is contemplated. However a large number of representations have been made to the Department of National Revenue on both sides of the question. If there is any change in the policy of the government in this regard that change will be announced in due course, if and when it is decided upon. In the meantime all I can say is that this question has received and is receiving some consideration.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES GOODS IN TRANSIT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REVISION OF CUSTOMS REGULATIONS PERMITTING TRANSPORT OF GOODS IN BOND THROUGH CANADA BY MOTOR TRUCK
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

But it can be effected only by legislation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES GOODS IN TRANSIT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REVISION OF CUSTOMS REGULATIONS PERMITTING TRANSPORT OF GOODS IN BOND THROUGH CANADA BY MOTOR TRUCK
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES GOODS IN TRANSIT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REVISION OF CUSTOMS REGULATIONS PERMITTING TRANSPORT OF GOODS IN BOND THROUGH CANADA BY MOTOR TRUCK
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NATIONAL REVENUE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Mr. Speaker, I advised the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Ilsley) that I desired to ask him whether he had any explanation to make concerning a report in the press indicating that importations of Canadian merchandise into the United States by tourists from that country to the value of $100 would be allowed to enter free only if such tourists had remained at least forty-eight hours in Canada; but that such regulation was subject to the proviso that if Canada waived the forty-eight hour provision with respect to her citizens visiting the United States and subsequently returning, a reciprocal arrangement would be made. It is a matter of such importance that I thought the minister might desire to make an explanation.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, a bill has passed the senate of the United States but has not reached any more advanced stage than that. Perhaps in view of the importance of the question I might read the part of the bill applicable to the matter in question:

That up to but not exceeding $100 in value of articles (including distilled spirits, wines and malt liquors aggregating not more than one wine gallon and including not more than one hundred cigars) acquired abroad by such residents of the United States as an incident of the foreign journey for personal or household

use or as souvenirs or curios, but not bought on commission or intended for sale, shall be free of duty: Provided further, that the

secretary of the treasury may by special regulations or instruction, the application of which may be restricted to one or more individual ports of entry, provide that the exemption authorized by the preceding proviso shall be applied only to articles acquired abroad by a returning resident who has remained beyond the territorial limits of the United States for such period, not to exceed forty-eight hours, as the secretary may deem necessary at the specified port or ports to facilitate enforcement of the requirement that the exemption shall apply only to articles acquired as an incident of the foreign journey: Provided further, that the exemption authorized by the second preceding proviso shall apply only to articles declared in accordance with regulations to be prescribed by the secretary of the treasury by a returning resident who has not taken advantage of the said exemption within the thirty-day period immediately preceding his return to the United States: Provided further, that no such special regulation or instruction shall take effect until the lapse of ninety days after the date of such special regulation or instruction: And provided further, that section 37 of this act shall not take effect until ninety days after the effective date of this act: And provided further, that all articles exempted by this paragraph from the payment of duty shall also be exempt from the payment of any internal revenue taxes.

It will be noted that the section does not enact a forty-eight hour requirement, but it authorizes the secretary of the treasury to stipulate a forty-eight hour absence as a test of the bona fides of the declaration that the purchase was incidental to the visit abroad. This bill was passed by the senate-

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

On April 2.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Yes, and it goes to a conference between the senate and house of representatives. The house of representatives has appointed conferees, but up to the time of this statement, April 13, the senate had not taken similar action. That appears to be the stage the legislation has reached up to the present, and I think that gives the right hon. gentleman the information he requires. Apparently there is no provision to the effect that if another country eliminates the forty-eight hour provision it will be eliminated by the United States. That is not a feature of the act.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That was said to have been an amendment added in the senate. It passed the house of representatives, I think in somewhat different form; then passed the senate and stood for a conference. That was my understanding of it, but no conference has been held and there is no such legislation at this moment.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

True.

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Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I think it is only fair to say that for at least two or three years that I can recall, somewhat similar legislation has been before congress, and there is nothing further in this except that it has reached a stage where it may be the subject matter of a conference.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic:   EXEMPTION OP S100 ON ARTICLES ACQUIRED BY CANADIANS VISITING UNITED STATES- FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PROVISION
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF


The house resumed from Thursday, April 7, consideration in committee of the following proposed resolution-Mr. Rogers-Mr. Sanderson in the chair: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide assistance towards the alleviation of unemployment and agricultural distress, and for such payments out of moneys appropriated by parliament as may be necessary for all or any of the purposes of the proposed legislation. Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Rogers thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 105, to assist in the alleviation of unemployment and agricultural distress. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


DEFENCE EXPENDITURES AND VICTORIA, B.C., BYELECTION-AMENDMENT OF MR. STIRLING TO MOTION OF MINISTER OF FINANCE

April 25, 1938