April 23, 1947

REPORT OF COMMITTEE


Second report of the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.-Mr. Breithaupt.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REFERENCE OF BUDGET TO RAILWAYS AND ' SHIPPING COMMITTEE

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to lay on the table the budget of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited for the calendar year 1947. By leave of the house I move:

That the budget of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited for the calendar year 1947, tabled this day, be referred to the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government.

Motion hgreed to.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   REFERENCE OF BUDGET TO RAILWAYS AND ' SHIPPING COMMITTEE
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


INCOME TAX-EXPENSES INCURRED IN OPERATION OF MOTOR CAR

PC

Mr. WEBB:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has a general ruling been issued by the taxation division of the Department of National Revenue regarding the deductibility by a salaried taxpayer in ascertaining his net assessable income of expenses incurred in the operation of a motor car in connection with his business?

2. If so, what is such ruling?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX-EXPENSES INCURRED IN OPERATION OF MOTOR CAR
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

No general ruling has been issued.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX-EXPENSES INCURRED IN OPERATION OF MOTOR CAR
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CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP-APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

How many applications have there been for Canadian citizenship certificates under the new citizenship act?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP-APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES
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LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. GIBSON (Hamilton West):

9,250.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP-APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES
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WAR ASSETS-PRIORITIES

BPC

Mr. RAYMOND (Beauharnois-Laprairie):

Bloc populaire canadien

1. Does the war assets corporation grant priorities for the purchase of assets dealt with by such corporation?

2. If so (a) to whom; (b) in what order; (c) are there any formalities to be complied with in order to obtain such priorities; (d) are such priorities granted by right under the rules made by the war assets corporation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WAR ASSETS-PRIORITIES
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) and (b) Priority is given to requests received from Dominion Government Departments or Agencies; Provincial Governments; Municipalities; and Public Bodies; in the order stated, providing the requests cover only war surplus which

(i) is required by the claimant for its own use and is not intended for resale, and

(ii) is not required by the claimant for the manufacture of goods which are for sale in commercial markets.

There is one exception to the foregoing proviso:-

Government sponsored low-cost emergency housing projects are given first priority on certain buildings, lands and materials salvaged from demolished buildings.

(c) Yes, the priority claimant must provide satisfactory proof that it falls within one of the four priority groups listed above.

(d) No. Priorities in the order stated above were established on the recommendation of

Questions

the Crown Assets Allocation Committee and subsequently confirmed by the Right Honourable the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WAR ASSETS-PRIORITIES
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DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF POSTAL SERVICES, MOOSE JAW

CCF

Mr. THATCHER:

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

1. Has the position of "District Director of Postal Services" at Moose Jaw been abolished?

2. If so, for what reason?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF POSTAL SERVICES, MOOSE JAW
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LIB

Ernest Bertrand (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

On Thursday last the hon. member for Queens asked about certain changes in postal service organization with particular reference to their effect on Prince Edward Island. I have also received an inquiry from the hon. member for Rosthern respecting the Moose Jaw postal district.

Briefly stated, we have set up positions of regional directors of postal service in an endeavour to promote increased efficiency. There are only five such positions of senior rank, obviously not enough to go around on a provincial basis. Actually it would be impossible to organize an efficient postal service on provincial boundary lines.

Thirteen positions of district inspector of postal service have been established to look after purely inspectional duties of former district directors. Inspectors will be maintained at Charlottetown and Moose Jaw.

At the same time we have restored the position of postmaster at the more important offices, including Charlottetown and Moose Jaw. This has meant changes in titles and a certain shifting of responsibilities, but I can assure mjr honourable friends that no harm will come to any province because of anything we are doing in our internal organization. Indeed, the changes are made, as I have already indicated, with a view to a better postal service.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF POSTAL SERVICES, MOOSE JAW
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DIRECTOR OF MERCHANT SEAMEN

April 23, 1947