July 29, 1946

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


MANUFACTURE OF RAILWAY CARS FOR RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT

PC

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

Progressive Conservative

1. Did the government arrange for the manufacture of railway cars for the Russian government with the Eastern Car company and other concerns in Canada?

2. If so (a) what number; (b) at what price;

(c) at what point of delivery?

3. Have any such cars been condemned, sold or offered for sale for scrap or other purposes? If so, at what price?

4. What loss, if any, is entailed and who pays same?

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Subtopic:   MANUFACTURE OF RAILWAY CARS FOR RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT
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LIB

Mr. McILRAITH: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

1. Yes; under mutual aid board arrangements.

2. (a) 1,500 flat cars. Eastern Car company, New Glasgow, N.S.

700 flat cars. National Steel Car Corp., Hamilton, Ont.

800 flat cars. Canadian Car and Foundry Co. Ltd., Montreal, Que.

(b) Eastern Car company. 1,500 cars including all spares and components-$4,370.29 each.

National Steel Car Corp. Ltd. 700 cars including all spares and components-$4,697.02 each.

Canadian Car and Foundry Co. Ltd. 800 cars including all spares ana components- $4,383.99 each.

The basic unit prices on all three contracts were originally established at a firm price of $4,260 per car, including standard spare parts. However, the final prices paid were slightly higher due to the fact that extra spare parts and other components were required on some of the cars as production got under way. The reason for the discrepancy in the final prices paid to the different contractors is due to the fact that some of the cars manufactured by one contractor required more extra spare parts and extra work than did other cars which were produced by the other contractors.

(c) The above prices are all f.o.b. contractor's plants and shipments were consigned to the legation of the U.S.S.R. in Canada, Vancouver, B.C. for transhipment to the U.S.S.R. in Soviet ships.

3. Of the 3,000 flat cars produced, 1,356 units were delivered to the Soviet Union and the balance, 1,644 units, were declared surplus to

War Assets corporation by the mutual aid board. The cars are of a type not standard in this country and although offers have been solicited for them as cars on a very wide basis by War Assets corporation, no sale has been consummated to date. Because of the acute shortage of cast iron and steel scrap and the possibility that the cars may ultimately have to be scrapped, an experimental scrapping operation was run on six cars to determine the net scrap recovery and the price which would therefore have to be obtained for the cars as cars to justify the loss of the scrap.

4. As the whole cost of this project was being borne by the Canadian government as a part of mutual aid to the U.S.S.R. any receipts by War Assets corporation from the sale of these cars as cars or as scrap will result in a reduction of the total expenditure made by the Canadian government to assist our ally.

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EXCESS PROFITS TAX-REFUNDABLE PORTION

CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. McCULLOUGH (Assiniboia):

Wliat is the total amount of refundable portion of the excess profit tax payable to Canadian companies for the years 1941-42-4344-45?

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Subtopic:   EXCESS PROFITS TAX-REFUNDABLE PORTION
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue; Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

Estimated

Tax Refundable

Year Portion

1941 Nil

1942 $30,000,000

1943 65,000,000

1944 i 70,000,000

1945 68,000,000

1946 10,000,000

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Subtopic:   EXCESS PROFITS TAX-REFUNDABLE PORTION
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HULL IRON AND STEEL FOUNDRIES-INCOME TAX

PC

Mr. HOMUTH:

Progressive Conservative

1. Does the Hull Iron and Steel Foundries Limited, owe the Income Tax Department any money ?

2. If so, how much?

3. Is this sum for the year 1945?

4. If not, what years is it for and what sum for each of such years?

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Subtopic:   HULL IRON AND STEEL FOUNDRIES-INCOME TAX
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LIB

Mr. McCANN: (Minister of National Revenue; Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Not finally determined.

3. Only in part.

4. For the years 1941 to 1946 inclusive.

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Subtopic:   HULL IRON AND STEEL FOUNDRIES-INCOME TAX
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PENSIONS TO WAR VETERANS

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

How many service personnel of world war II have been granted pensions?

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Subtopic:   PENSIONS TO WAR VETERANS
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LIB

Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

Return at June 30, 1946:

disability pension, 45,298.

Questions

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REDCLIFF-RONALANE IRRIGATION PROJECT

SC
LIB

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier): (Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. No.

2. See answer to No. 1.

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Subtopic:   REDCLIFF-RONALANE IRRIGATION PROJECT
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EXPORTS TO CUBA-FISH AND POTATOES

PC

Mr. HATFIELD:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was our total export of fish, with value, to Cuba, each year from 1915 to 1945 inclusive?

2. What was our total export of potatoes, with value, to Cuba, each year from 1915 to 1945 inclusive?

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Subtopic:   EXPORTS TO CUBA-FISH AND POTATOES
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

1 and 2. Canadian exports to Cuba of fish and potatoes during each year from 1915 to 1945:-

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Subtopic:   EXPORTS TO CUBA-FISH AND POTATOES
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July 29, 1946