Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):
My hon. friend sent a
copy of the telegram to the Department of External Affairs, or to some officer there, and they have supplied me with the following statement:
The United States has refunded the duty on certain cattle which were taken into the United States by Mr. Richard last year. The United States government have indicated that under their existing law duty must be paid on cattle taken into the United States regardless of whether or not the owner of the cattle is also the owner of land in the United States as well as in Canada. They have also indicated their readiness to permit the repeated entry of cattle on which duty has once been paid without charging further duty, in the case where a farmer owns one farm in Canada and an immediately adjoining and contiguous farm in the United States.
I understand the member for Temiscouata has been fully informed of the attitude of the United States government.
Subtopic: COLLECTION OP DUTY ON CATTLE OF OWNER OF LANDS CONTIGUOUS TO INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY