Minister whether consideration could be given to having this report referred to a special committee of the house? I might mention that in 1935 a committee of the house was set up and brought in a report on housing which has been very valuable.
Subtopic: COMMUNITY PLANNING AND RECONSTRUCTION
Hon. C. W. G. GIBSON (Minister of National Revenue):
Various members of the house have made representations concerning the tax status of members of the Canadian Kiska force. I have much pleasure in informing the house that on March 17, His Excellency the Governor General in Council approved an order in council under the War Measures Act that the members of the expeditionary force sent from Canada in 1943 to the island of Kiska in the Pacific ocean be dealt with as provided for in section 4, paragraphs (t) and (v) of the Income War Tax Act, and for the purposes of the said section the island of Kiska shall be deemed to be outside the western hemisphere.
Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):
I beg leave to present parliamentary return, reference 150, asked for by the hon. member for Mackenzie (Mr. Nicholson), for a copy of all letters, telegrams and other documents with respect to the resignation and reappointment of J. L. Dougans.
While there is no objection to the production of the correspondence in this case, nevertheless it is not considered generally in the public interest to produce inter-office correspondence, and the production in this case is not to be taken as a precedent.
It is to be noted that the Canadian farm loan board has been constituted by parliament as a body corporate and politic and is vested with full control over the employment and dismissal of all its employees other than chief executive officers whose appointments are subject to the approval of the governor in council. The board, moreover, is charged with the responsibility of carrying on its operations on a self-sustaining financial basis and does not come to parliament for an appropriation of funds for administrative expenses.
Topic: FARM LOAN BOARD
Subtopic: RESIGNATION AND REAPPOINTMENT OF J. L. DOUGANS
Having regard to the recent announcement by the Department of Agriculture officials that arrangements have been made to export three million pounds of poultry, and its beneficial
effect on the Canadian market, will the government consider similar treatment to overcome the congested and emergent situation in the cattle market by removing the embargo against the export of beef cattle to the United States?
Topic: BEEF CATTLE
Subtopic: INQUIRY AS TO REMOVAL OF EMBARGO ON EXPORT TO UNITED STATES