May 11, 1944

RELEASES TO THE PRESS-TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE HOUSE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH:

I wish to ask a question of the acting leader of the government.. Is it not the practice in the British House of Commons, with regard to such war announcements to-day concerning the three services such as the air, for such announcements to be made in the house on the same day on which they are given to the press? We had a premature announcement on civil aviation about a month ago in connection with Washington. This parliament ought to be informed first on any conventions or agreements. Are we to have all these announcements made, against us or with us, and binding on Canada, without the house having anything to say or do about it?

Topic:   INQUIRY OF THE MINISTRY
Subtopic:   RELEASES TO THE PRESS-TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE HOUSE
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Acting Prime Minister):

I do not know to what announcement my hon. friend is referring, but speaking for the department I represent, I have always 100-177J

said it did not seem to me that this house should be a bulletin board and that matters of news, the usual statements as to matters going on in the department from time to time, should be published in the regular way in the newspapers for the benefit of members and everyone else. Matters of policy, when the house is sitting-it is, I think, almost the invariable rule-are announced in the house at least concurrently with publication in the newspapers, if not prior thereto.

Topic:   INQUIRY OF THE MINISTRY
Subtopic:   RELEASES TO THE PRESS-TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE HOUSE
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VICTORY LOANS

QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Harry Rutherford Jackman

National Government

Mr. H. R. JACKMAN (Rosedale):

I wish to ask the Minister of Finance a question on the basis of a statement by the provincial treasurer of this province, to the effect that victory bonds of the sixth series will be accepted at par and accrued interest in payment of Ontario succession duties in every estate liable to such duties if the bonds were the property of the deceased during his lifetime. Will the minister also accept victory bonds in this series at par value in payment of dominion succession duties if the bonds were held by the deceased during his lifetime?

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

The answer is that the bonds are not so accepted. The question, as a practical one, has not arisen, because bonds have not gone down. If anything they have gone up, and we hope and believe they will not go down. For reasons I have repeatedly stated throughout the country, we have felt that we could not as a dominion give special-

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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NAT

Harry Rutherford Jackman

National Government

Mr. JACKMAN:

Ontario did it.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

But we do not follow all precedents set by the province of Ontario.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

It might be better if you did.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

It was felt that the dominion government could not give a special value, or guaranteed value, to bonds held by certain persons, namely, those whose estates will be subject to succession duties.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

If such a policy is considered, will it be extended to all the people of Canada and not merely to a few estates?

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Anyone who dies and is liable to succession duty.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

The question which the hon. gentleman asks is objectionable on two grounds. In the first place, it is a hypothetical

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question, and, second, it would involve a matter of government policy which would be announced in due course.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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PC

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LOCKHART:

Would the Minister of Finance be good enough to indicate to what extent the bonds of the fourth and fifth victory loans subscribed to by those who are overseas have been issued? Are they still in process of being issued? I have received inquiries from boys overseas whose next of kin have not received bonds paid for some time ago and I was wondering to what extent the issuing of these bonds had been carried out.

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

That is obviously a question which I cannot answer without notice-

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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PC

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LOCKHART:

Would the minister be good enough to consider it and answer later?

Topic:   VICTORY LOANS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

-nor is it one which, in my opinion, should be asked on the orders of the day. In order to answer it correctly, one would have to have an extensive investigation carried out with reference to dates. I am fully aware of the problem and under great pressure of work, in spite of lack of staff, we are trying to get them out as promptly as possible.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF BONDS IN PAYMENT OF DOMINION SUCCESSION DUTIES
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May 11, 1944