February 24, 1944

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. Is the clothing allowance of $65 paid to other ranks on honourable discharge from the services regarded as taxable income for the year in which it is granted?

2. Is the gratuity of one month's pay and allowances granted to officers on retirement and other ranks on honourable discharge regarded as taxable income for the year in which it is granted?

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-ALLOWANCES ON DISCHARGE- INCOME TAX
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LIB

Mr. GIBSON: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. Not taxable income to recipient.

2. If the recipient, officer or other rank, is, as such, a taxable person, then the gratuity if paid in respect of services rendered is taxable.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-ALLOWANCES ON DISCHARGE- INCOME TAX
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LOANS BY BANK OF CANADA TO CHARTERED BANKS

LIB

Mr. McGEER:

Liberal

1. What amounts of money have been loaned by the Bank of Canada to, (a) the Bank of Montreal; (b) the Royal Bank of Canada; (c) the Canadian Bank of Commerce; (d) the Bank of Nova Scotia; (e) the Bank of Toronto; (f) the Dominion Bank; (g) the Imperial Bank of Canada; (h) Barclays Bank; (i) Banque Canadienne Nationale; (j) Banque Provinciale du Canada, during each of the following years: 1934, 1935. 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943?

2. What was the period of time of each loan?

3. What was the rate of interest paid?

4. What was the amount of interest paid by each of the said banks in each of the said years?

Topic:   LOANS BY BANK OF CANADA TO CHARTERED BANKS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

Topic:   LOANS BY BANK OF CANADA TO CHARTERED BANKS
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PC

Mr. LOCKHART:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is the training of officers for the Canadian army being carried on at the present time in officers' training centres in Canada?

2. If so, how many men are now in training in the various officers' training centres in Canada?

3. How many officers, graduates of officers' training centres in Canada, are now awaiting appointment to active duty?

4. Have all the officers who have graduated from officers' training centres in Canada and who are still awaiting appointment to active duty volunteered for service overseas?

5. Have all the men now in training for officers in officers' training centres in Canada volunteered for active service overseas?

6. What portion of available officers whose training is completed will be required for service overseas?

Topic:   LOANS BY BANK OF CANADA TO CHARTERED BANKS
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LIB

Mr. MACDONALD (Halifax): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. 978, of which 97 are officers such as medical officers, dental officers, chaplains, etc., who are appointed to the active army in commissioned rank and are required to undergo special courses on appointment.

3. All qualified officers on the strength of the Canadian active army, who are not disabled by injury or sickness or are not on leave, are on active duty.

4. See answer 3. All officers on the strength of the Canadian active army have volunteered for overseas service.

5. Yes.

6. Portion of officers required for overseas is dependent upon future operations and the exigencies of the service. All who are qualified by age and physical fitness are at call for service overseas as required.

Topic:   LOANS BY BANK OF CANADA TO CHARTERED BANKS
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WARTIME HOUSING

CONTRIBUTIONS TO COST OF CONSTRUCTION

PC

Mr. LOCKHART:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the total or over-all cost per unit of houses erected under the wartime housing plan in the districts of Hull, Quebec; Oshawa, Hamilton, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Ontario?

2. Has any portion of the over-all cost of such houses in any of these centres been paid for by authorities or persons other than the Wartime Housing Limited?

3. If so, at what place or district, and what is the amount of such contribution in each case and in total; and by what authority were such contributions made?

Topic:   WARTIME HOUSING
Subtopic:   CONTRIBUTIONS TO COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I. No. of Units Total C

Hull, Quebec

HI and H2 25 $2,794Hll and H12 100 4,199H21 and H22 25 2,970Oshawa, Ontario HI and H2 25 2,545Hll and H12 18 3,100H21 and H22 7 2,767Hamilton, Ontario HI and H2 626 2,788Hll and H12 225 3,462H21 and H22 100 3,136St. Catharines and and Merritton, Ontario HI and H2 506 2,620Hll and H12 177 3,242H21 and H22 92 2,778Niagara Falls, Ontario HI and H2 140 2,670Hll and H12 39 3,242H21 and H22 71 2,742

Note-The above costs are all-inclusive figures which include land acquisition, services, grading, landscaping, etc.

2. No.

3. Answered by 2.

Questions

Topic:   WARTIME HOUSING
Subtopic:   CONTRIBUTIONS TO COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

PROFITS ON WAR CONTRACTS

NAT

Mr. STOKES:

National Government

1. Has the Minister of Munitions and Supply exercised his power under subsection 4 of section 13 of the Department of Munitions and Supply Act, chapter 8 of the statutes of Canada, 1943?

2. If so, what contract or contracts -were found by the minister to be yielding "an unreasonable profit", as set forth in the said act.

3. What sums have been paid to the receiver general on the ditrection of the minister as authorized in the said act, and by whom were such sums paid?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   PROFITS ON WAR CONTRACTS
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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. In no case has it been necessary to exercise the powers given under subsection 4 of section 13 of the Department of Munitions and Supply Act. It has been found preferable to enter renegotiation proceedings on a less formal basis and in all cases in which the negotiations have been completed, a satisfactory price adjustment has been made on an amicable basis. Excellent cooperation has been received from the manufacturers and in a number of cases the initiative leading to important refunds has come from the contractor himself.

2. In the above circumstances and as unreasonable profits frequently stem from cost reductions due to the discovery of new manufacturing techniques or to other causes creditable to the contractor, it is not deemed equitable to disclose the names of the contractors concerned. There are, however, approximately sixty-seven manufacturers whose contracts have been or are the subject of renegotiation of one type or another.

3. It is not possible at this time to give an accurate statement of the amount recovered, and to be recovered under renegotiation arrangements, as the final figures will be subject to determination by the treasury cost accountants whose work in this matter is not complete. Moreover, renegotiation of certain ship contracts included an abandonment of the right to claims for extra and increased costs under the escalator clauses for amounts not easily calculable.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   PROFITS ON WAR CONTRACTS
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MONTREAL LAKE INDIAN RESERVE-TIMBER LIMITS

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. What timber limits have been put up for tender in each year since 1939 in the Montreal lake Indian reserve?

2. Were any tenders received? If so, by whom, and what was the amount of each?

3. To whom were sales made, and at what price?

4. Were any sold or disposed of without tender? If so, to whom, and at what price?

5. Have any logging or lumbering operations been conducted on any of said timber limits during the said years? If so, (a) by whom; (b) how much has each of the operators removed?

6. Have the Indians occupying said reserve been asked to surrender any of their rights in the said limits?

7. Were any of said limits sold without public tender? If so, why?

8. What check, if any, is being made by the departent on the timber being cut on each of the said limits?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MONTREAL LAKE INDIAN RESERVE-TIMBER LIMITS
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LIB

Mr. CRERAR: (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

1. 1939, Nil; 1940, Timber berth No. 4; 1941, Nil; 1942, Nil; 1943, Timber berths 1 and 2; part of timber berth No. 3.

2. Yes.

For berth No. 4:

By Wm. A. Bear, Indian, for spruce timber, at $3 per M f.b.m.

By Lumber Manufacturers Limited, Saskatoon, as follows-Spruce, $3.02 per M f.b.m.; Pine and birch, $2.50 per M f.b.m.; Balsam pulpwood, 75 cents per cord; Ties, jack pine, 10 cents per tie; Tamarack or jack pine piling, 2 cents per lin. ft.; Posts, tamarack, 2 cents per post; Cordwood, 25 cents per cord.

For berths Nos. 1 and 2:

By Brooks Construction Company, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for white spruce timber, at $3.75 per M f.b.m.

For part of berth No. 3:

By Prince Albert Lumber Company, Limited, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for spruce saw timber, at $4.50 per M f.b.m.

By Hertzog Bros., Tweedsmuir, Saskatchewan, as follows-White spruce saw timber, $5.75 per M f.b.m.; White poplar saw timber, $1.75 per M f.b.m.; Birch saw timber, $2.75 per M f.b.m.

3. Berth No. 4: To Wm. A. Bear, Indian, at $3 per M f.b.m. for spruce timber.

Berths Nos. 1 and 2: To Brooks Construction Company, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, at $3.75 per M f.b.m. for white spruce timber.

Berth No. 3: This block of timber was not sold, and has been retained for the Indians at their own request.

4. No.

5. Yes (a) and (b): Wm. A. Bear on berth No. 4, 448,440 f.b.m. to date; Brooks Construction Company, on berths Nos. 1 and 2, 315,755 f.b.m. to date.

6. Yes, and surrender accepted by governor in council by P.C. 298, dated February 9, 1939.

7. Yes. In order to save time the firms operating in the district were asked by wire if they were interested in submitting a tender to purchase the spruce timber on berths Nos.

Questions

1 and 2, this timber being urgently required for war purposes. The only tender received was from the Brooks Construction Company. The price offered was $3.75 per M f.b.m. and was accepted after being certified to be fair and reasonable by the supervisor, prices division, timber control office.

8. Returns are in the form of affidavits and are signed by qualified scalers. Cutting operations are under the supervision of the Indian agent.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MONTREAL LAKE INDIAN RESERVE-TIMBER LIMITS
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WHEAT AND COARSE GRAINS-CARLOADINGS IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

What was the number of carloadings for each of the prairie provinces for, (a) wheat; (b) coarse grains, for each month from July until December, 1943, inclusive?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   WHEAT AND COARSE GRAINS-CARLOADINGS IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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February 24, 1944