March 21, 1939


Item agreed to. Customs tariff-236. Surgical dressings, antiseptic or aseptic, including absorbent cotton, lint, lamb's wool, tow, jute, oakum, woven fabric of cotton weighing not more than seven and one-half pounds per one hundred square yards, whether imported singly or in combination one with another, but not stitched or otherwise manufactured; surgical trusses and suspensory bandages of all kinds; sanitary napkins, and abdominal supports: 20 per cent.


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

This is a matter of

surgical dressings, and I should like to put in a plea against the charging of duties on goods of this description which are used in the case of sickness, and on equipment used for the relief of people who are invalids. It seems to me that, having made some concessions with regard to people who are suffering from blindness, we should be well advised

Canada-United Slates Trade Agreement

to consider the granting of the lowest possible prices to those who in the event of sickness have to pay for supplies. Here we find that on "surgical dressings, antiseptic or aseptic, including absorbent cotton, lint, lamb's wool, tow, jute, oakum," and so on, the rate of duty under the new agreement is twenty per cent. I am of the opinion that, if we are not to move in the direction of the elimination of tariffs, there are at least certain things on which no duty should be charged. Surgical supplies which are essential in the case of sickness, or other articles which minister to the comfort of people who are invalids-I have in mind things like wheel chairs-might well be considered when the minister brings down his budget. I am raising the matter now so that perhaps some consideration may be given to supplies for use of invalids.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The duty on this class

of articles has been reduced from thirty-five per cent in 1935 to twenty per cent under the new agreement. I shall take note of what the hon. member has said and give it consideration, although the reduction already effected is very substantial.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

And it is ten per cent

under the British tariff.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Yes. I should have

remarked that under the British preference there is only a ten per cent rate.

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Item agreed to. Customs tariff-237. (c) Synthetic resins, n.o.p., in liquid, powder, granular, or lump form; or in tubes, cylinders, strips, sheets, plates, blocks, bars, rods, angles, channels, tees or other shapes or sections, not further manufactured than moulded, extruded or pressed, when for use in Canadian manufactures: free. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-238a. Manufactures of pyroxylin plastics, or of which pyroxylin plastic is the component of chief value, n.o.p.: 271 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-238b. Cellulose nitrate or pyroxylin plastics, in tubes cylinders, balls, strips, sheets, plates, blocks, bars, rods, angles, channels, tees or other shapes or sections, not further manufactured than moulded or pressed, when for use in Canadian manufactures: free. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-238c. Moulding compositions of cellulose acetate or other derivatives of cellulose, in powder or granular form: free. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-239. Lamp black, carbon black, ivory black and bone black: free. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-242. Dry red lead; orange mineral; antimony oxide, titanium oxide, and zinc oxide such as zinc white and lithopone; white pigments containing not less than 14 per cent by weight of titanium dioxide: 15 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-243. Dry white lead, 20 per cent.


CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

Are the reductions in

items 243 and 244 to compensate the paint manufacturers for the reduction on paints which is referred to in a further item?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I do not like the word "compensation,"-

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

It is a good word.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

-but we did take into account that when a reduction was effected on a manufacturer's finished product, the materials entering into that finished product should be carefully scrutinized. That was done in this particular case.

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

In the case of 243,

is any of it manufactured in Canada, or is it all imported?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Our production in Canada in 1936 was 4,321.900 pounds by weight, valued at $284,100. The imports have been very small indeed. We imported from the United States last year, $1,958 worth and exported to the United States $2,300 worth.

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CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

Is any class of this goods

coming from Great Britain?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

From Great Britain

we imported $1,155 worth and exported to Great Britain $8,700.

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Item agreed to. Customs tariff-244. White lead ground in oil, 25 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-246. Oxides, fireproofs, rough stuff, fillers, laundry blueing, and colours, dry, n.o.p.: 20 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-247. Liquid fillers, anticorrosive and anti-fouling paints, and ground and liquid paints, n.o.p.: 25 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-ex 247a. Artists' and school children's colours; fitted boxes containing the same: 25 per cent. Item agreed to. Canada-United States Trade



Agreement Customs tariff-248. Paints and colours, ground in spirits, and all spirit varnishes and lacquers: 85 cents per gallon.


CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

What are our imports?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Last year our imports

were $53,500 from the United States and $5,400 from the United Kingdom. In the same year the exports were $14,700 to the United Kingdom and S109 to the United States.

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Item agreed to. Customs tariff-249. Varnishes, lacquers, japans, japan driers, liquid driers, and oil finish, n.o.p.: 15 cents per gallon, and 20 per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-252. Shoe blacking; shoemakers' ink; shoe, harness and leather dressing, and knife or other polish or composition, n.o.p.: 22i per cent. Item agreed to. Customs tariff-256. Printing ink, 17i per cent.


CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

What are the figures under this item? This is an important item in Canada.

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March 21, 1939