February 7, 1944

INCOME WAR TAX ACT

AMENDMENT OF PROVISION RESPECTING SECRECY


Mr. S. H. KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 4, to amend the Income War Tax Act (communicating information).


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

This bill would add to the proper section of the Income War Tax Act these words:

Provided that nothing in this subsection shall operate to prevent a minister of the crown from communicating to the Senate or to the House of Commons any information obtained under the provisions of this act.

In my view the restrictions as to secrecy imposed by subsection 1 of section 81 as it now stands have the effect at times of preventing a minister of the crown from giving the Senate or the House of Commons information which might be legitimately asked for and given. This amendment would also affect the Excess Profits Tax Act, 1940, since sections 40 to 87 of the Income War Tax Act are by section 14 of the Excess Profits Tax Act made to apply thereto.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Has the Minister of

Finance nothing to say on this bill?

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Any hon. member has the right to introduce a bill.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. This matter is not debatable.

Mobilization Act-Call-Up Notices

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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

It is ridiculous, though.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT OF PROVISION RESPECTING SECRECY
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

WAR APPROPRIATION-REQUEST FOR BREAK-DOWN OF ESTIMATES


On the orders of the day :


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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I have a question to direct to the Minister of Finance in connection with the procedure relating to the war appropriation resolution. I should like to ask the minister if, following the procedure adopted last year in connection with the war appropriation resolution and the bill founded upon it, he will give, not only the total estimated expenditures of each department of government, but also a complete detailed break-down of the estimates of each such department, in order to enable us to scrutinize more closely and in greater detail the various governmental expenditures which enter into the -war appropriations. In view of the fact that the government intends to proceed with this resolution almost immediately after the conclusion of the present debate, it is essential that the break-down be furnished at once; otherwise we shall be severely handicapped in debating both the resolution and the bill. I might add that a similar request was made and acceded to by the government last session.

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Subtopic:   WAR APPROPRIATION-REQUEST FOR BREAK-DOWN OF ESTIMATES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I had in mind going even farther this year than we did last year.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Then I hope my request will not stop you.

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James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

My recollection is that last year when I moved the resolution I gave a break-down of the expenditures of the various departments, but that the ministers supplemented the information which I gave by giving a more detailed break-down when presenting their respective estimates. I intend this year to give as far as possible all the information when I introduce the resolution, and to give also comparative expenditures for the present fiscal year, which I think will facilitate the discussion of the resolution. I intend to give that information in the speech with which I introduce the resolution.

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Subtopic:   WAR APPROPRIATION-REQUEST FOR BREAK-DOWN OF ESTIMATES
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MOBILIZATION ACT

QUESTION AS TO PROCEDURE IN ISSUING CALL-UP NOTICES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

May I ask the Minister of

Labour what steps he has taken to ensure that call-up notices under the mobilization regulations are not sent to those who are already in the armed forces? This question has been before the house in previous sessions, and I thought by now the whole matter had been cleared up. However, a young soldier, who had been in the army since March 30, 1942, came into the parliament buildings yesterday and saw me quite by accident. He said that although he had been in the army since March 30, 1942, the day before yesterday he received his notice of call-up, order for medical examination, transportation warrant, and a single ticket from his home town to Ottawa, whieh he left with me. I want to ask the minister why such things are still occurring in connection with the call-up notices for our armed forces.

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PROCEDURE IN ISSUING CALL-UP NOTICES
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February 7, 1944