February 14, 1939

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I think the minister is to be complimented upon not using his powers under the national revenue act. There is another matter I should like to discuss under this item. I should like to know who is responsible for the issuance of regulations in connection with appraisals, and so on, particularly in connection with the hundred dollar tourist exemption. Last year I drew the attention of the minister to the regulations that had been issued. For example, if automobile tires were on the wheels of a car they were dutiable, and if clothing was being worn it was dutiable. At that time the minister made a statement and I believe he read the regulation. As I recall it, the regulation is that an article can be brought in under this exemption if contained within baggage. I am sorry I did not bring the particular Hansard down with me, but as I remember it the resolution of parliament was that this exemption should include articles included in baggage. There is a distinct difference between "contained within" and "included in." An article might be shipped by rail and be included in, but not contained within, baggage. It seems to me that what has occurred in connection with this particular item is a gradual increase in the restrictions which has to a large extent eliminated the intention of parliament.

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LIB
CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

The minister says "no," but I put this before him so that he can clear it up. I note that the balance as between Canada and the United States is greatly in favour of Canada. American tourists buy much more in Canada than Canadian tourists buy in the United States.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I do not know, because there are no statistics to show.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

There are estimates.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I have never seen any estimates of what the Americans buy here under the hundred dollar exemption.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I have seen them from time to time. I think it is quite logical one should make such an estimate, because more Americans enter Canada to buy woollen goods, chinaware and other things. When Canadians from western Canada cross the border into the United States, very often they have no money with which to purchase goods in that country.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

There is a greater variety of goods purchased in the United States.

Trade Agreements-Policy

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I just wanted to bring this to the attention of the minister. I notice that the United States regulations have been tightened up to meet ours. Not long ago an American tourist could enter this country, remain a few hours to purchase goods, and then go back. To-day he must remain forty-eight hours, the same as Canadians have to remain in the United States.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

We did not tighten up ours.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I am pointing out these things because I believe the intention of parliament was one thing and the regulations are another. I notice it is close to eleven o'clock, and I shall discuss this matter at another time. In spite of the fact that we talk about lowering the barriers against goods coming into this country, the method of appraising for duty purposes retains at all times about the same amount of protection as when we had a relatively higher tariff. I think that that is correct in many instances, although not in all.

Progress reported.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Wednesday, February 15, 1939


February 14, 1939