March 10, 1944

REDUCTION OF PRICE BY ALUMINUM COMPANY OF CANADA


On the orders of the day :


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

In reply to a question asked yesterday on the orders of the day by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Graydon) I promised to give the house a copy of a communication received from the Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited, with reference to a reduction in the price of aluminum ingot affecting deliveries under the contract with the Metal Reserve Corporation of the United States, and deliveries under the contract with the government of the United Kingdom.

I now produce a copy of a telegram received under date of November 1, 1943, from Mr. R. E. Powell, president of the Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited, in which advice is given of these reductions; also copy of a letter received in reply to that telegram, and a letter received under date of January 15, 1944, from Mr. P. S. White, assistant to the president of the Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited, in which advice is given that amendments of the contract price in the contract with the government of the United Kingdom will also apply to the contract with the government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

These reductions were made possible by the fact that the main construction programme is finally complete, and the company is now in a position to operate at maximum capacity.

(Telegram and letters follow):

Montreal, Que., Nov. 1. 1943

Hon. C. D. Howe,

Minister of Munitions and Supply,

Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.

Effective to-day all shipments crude aluminum to Metals Reserve Company will be billed at fifteen cents per pound U.S. currency instead of eighty per cent at fifteen cents and twenty per cent at seventeen cents. Also effective to-day all shipments of crude aluminum to the United Kingdom will be billed at fifteen and one-half cents Canadian currency instead of sixteen cents. Foregoing refers to base prices.

R. E. Powell.

November 2, 1943

Dear Mr. Powell,

I have your wire of November 1 as follows: "Effective to-day all shipments crude aluminum to Metals Reserve Company will be billed at fifteen cents per pound U.S. currency instead of eighty per cent at fifteen cents and twenty per cent at seventeen cents. Also effective to-day all shipments of crude aluminum to the United Kingdom will be billed at fifteen and one-half cents Canadian currency instead of sixteen cents. Foregoing refers to base prices."

Social Security

Although your wire does not mention a reduction in price to Australia I assume that metal to Australia will be billed at fifteen and one-half cents, Canadian currency, also. Please advise me about this.

This voluntary reduction in base price on British and (I hope) Australian contracts is greatly appreciated by myself as agent for these two governments. I am cabling the British government to-day, and I am sure that the news will be well received.

Please permit me to express the appreciation of the Canadian government for the spirit with which transactions in which we are interested have been carried out on the part of your company.

Yours sincerely,

C. D. Howe.

R. E. Powell, Esq.,

President,

Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited, Montreal, Que.

Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited 1700 Sun Life Building, Montreal,

15th January, 1944.

Hon. C. D. Howe,

Minister of Munitions and Supply,

Department of Munitions and Supply,

No. 1 Building,

Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mr. Howe:-

In our letter of 3rd November 1943 we advised you that, as soon as some administrative details were settled, we would give effect to the reductions in base price in our metal contract with Australia corresponding to the reductions given to the United Kingdom.

We can now advise you that an amendment to our contract with the government of the Commonwealth of Australia, dated 24th July 1941, is being submitted to your department. The amendment extends to the Australians the price reductions given to the British in 1943, that is, the Australian base price will be 17 cents Canadian per pound from 1st January to 31st October 1943 and 16i cents Canadian per pound from 1st November 1943 until 31st December 1944 or until the 183rd day after the cessation of hostilities between Australia and Germany, whichever shall be the later.

Yours very truly,

Aluminum Company of Canada, Ltd. Paul S. White, Assistant to the President.

Topic:   ALUMINUM
Subtopic:   REDUCTION OF PRICE BY ALUMINUM COMPANY OF CANADA
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INCOME TAX

POSSIBILITY OP EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FINAL RETURNS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of National Revenue. Yesterday's issue of the Montreal Star had this to say:

The national war finance committee in charge of the sixth victory loan campaign next month is most prominent among many who have made representations to the government-

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OP EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FINAL RETURNS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OP EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FINAL RETURNS
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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER:

Then my question is this: is the final date of payment and the filing of returns for the 1943 inbome tax to be April 30, 1944, or will extra time be given for taxpayers to file their returns?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OP EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FINAL RETURNS
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LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. C. W. G. GIBSON (Minister of National Revenue):

The final date for filing returns is set out in the statute. For individuals it is April 30, 1944, and no extension is contemplated.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OP EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FINAL RETURNS
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PRICES AND TRADE BOARD

APPLICATION OF OAKVILLE RETURNED SOLDIER FOR BUSINESS LICENCE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to

ask a question of the Minister of Finance, and at the same time to extend to him a welcome back to the house. Perhaps the minister will not be in a position to answer my question to-day, because I had not an opportunity to give him notice of it. I should like him, if he would, to give consideration to a matter which involves a veteran of this war, Mr. John Foster, of Oakville, Ontario, who up to the present time has been denied the opportunity of getting a licence from the wartime prices and trade board for the operation of a business in that town.

Topic:   PRICES AND TRADE BOARD
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF OAKVILLE RETURNED SOLDIER FOR BUSINESS LICENCE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

I am asking the minister to give this matter his consideration, in view of the fact that it has become a public issue in the press of to-day.

Topic:   PRICES AND TRADE BOARD
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF OAKVILLE RETURNED SOLDIER FOR BUSINESS LICENCE
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I shall look into the case, ascertain the facts, and inform my hon. friend of the considerations involved.

Topic:   PRICES AND TRADE BOARD
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF OAKVILLE RETURNED SOLDIER FOR BUSINESS LICENCE
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LIB

Arthur Wentworth Roebuck

Liberal

Mr. ROEBUCK:

I have ten cases I should like to ask the minister to look into.

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SOCIAL SECURITY

RECOMMENDATIONS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF LAST SESSION

March 10, 1944