May 7, 1947

PRIVILEGE

MR. COLDWELL-CORRECTION OF STATEMENT MADE IN BUDGET DEBATE

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I wish to ask the indulgence of the house, as a matter of privilege, while I correct an error I made yesterday in my speech on the budget. At page 2807 of Hansard I am reported to have said:

The total reduction in personal income tax is about $70 million, but the reduction in the excess profits tax which will come into effect at the end of this current year is $279 million, or nearly four times as much.

And then I added. "I took the figures from the minister's own budget". I am sorry I made an error in calculation and I should like to correct it. I stated that the reduction in the excess profits tax which will come into effect at the end of the year was $279 million. This is not correct. This reduction is not the one which will come into effect at the end of this year but is the anticipated reduction made by the previous Minister of Finance in his last budget.

The minister stated that the total tax reductions in the current year would be $160 million. Reductions in personal income and gasoline taxes total, according to the minister, $150 million, of which $40 million is gasoline tax. Therefore the figure of $70 million which I gave is incorrect; it should be $110 million. This means then that the reduction in the excess profits tax from December 31, 1947- when it will end-to March 31, 1948 will be $10 million. The result is that the total excess profits tax for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1948, is estimated at $160 million as against $449 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1947. But while I am correct in saying that there will be a reduction of $289 million, not $279 million, the present Minister of Finance is responsible for only $10 million in this financial year. Therefore my statement yesterday was to that extent in error and I am pleased that the house has allowed me to make this correction.

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Subtopic:   MR. COLDWELL-CORRECTION OF STATEMENT MADE IN BUDGET DEBATE
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INDIAN ACT


Third report of joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons appointed to examine and consider The Indian Act.- Mr. Brown.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


MOUNTED POLICE-F. J. MEAD

CCF

Mr. PROBE:

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

1. What position in the R.C.M.P. is now held

by Mr. F. J. Mead, former deputy commissioner? .

2. What are the duties of such position?

3. Is lie on pension? If so, how much?

4. Does he receive any salary, allowances or expenses in connection with any duties now being performed?

5 Who is the present deputy commissioner of the R.C.M.P.?

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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. Special official and consultant.

2. Special official and consultant in connection with general problems of a police nature such as those connected with industrial disputes, the Japanese question, the youth movement. etc.

3. No.

4. Yes.

5. Deputy Commissionner H. A. R. Gagnon, C.B.E., A.D.C.

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Subtopic:   MOUNTED POLICE-F. J. MEAD
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HALIFAX HOTEL

CCF

Mr. GILLIS:

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

1. Did the federal government purchase the Halifax Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia? If so, for what purpose?

2. From whom was it purchased?

3. What amount of money was paid for the hotel, including the legal fees for transactions necessary for the transfer?

4. Who acted as the agent of the government in making the purchase and was any commission or salary paid?

5. When was this hotel built and what was the original cost of building?

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HOTEL
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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. Yes, for the use of the Royal Canadian

Mounted Police. [DOT]

2. The Commercial Housing Limited, Halifax, N.S.

3. $100,000 for the hotel and its contents.

4. Messrs. Burchell, Smith, Parker and Fogo, Barristers and Solicitors, Halifax. No commission or salary paid but only their account

for professional services.

Questions

5. The original part of the hotel had been erected in 1861, but other portions have been added to it at various times, especially the upper stories. The original cost is not known.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HOTEL
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VETERANS BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL LOANS ACT

IND

Mr. POULIOT:

Independent Liberal

1. In virtue of the Veterans' Business and Professional Loans Act, and in each province, how many loans have been (a) applied for, and (b) granted?

2. What is the total amount of the loans granted in each province, in virtue of that act?

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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. MAYHBW:

1 and 2. (a) No record is available as to the number of loans applied for which the banks do not forward to the department of veterans affairs for concurrence. The department of veterans affairs has concurred in the

following applications up to and including

May 5, 1947:

Province Number Amount

British Columbia ... ... 203 $ 391,66 1 57Alberta ... 319 542,556 88Saskatchewan ... 185 322,889 28Manitoba ... 124 238,416 65Ontario ... 656 1,112,052 47Quebec ... 134 213,538 34New Brunswick ... 45 65,112 50Nova Scotia ... 70 104,425 32Prince Edward Island .. 26 38,601 00Total ... 1762 $3,029,254 01(b>

Reports of loans granted by the banks are made quarterly. The figures for the period January 15, 1947, when the i let was proclaimed, to March 31, 1947, are as follows:Province '"Number * Amount British Columbia ... ... 57 $112,712 80Alberta ... 114 185,390 40Saskatchewan ... 43 67,572 33Manitoba ... 35 68,190 66Ontario ... 179 275,132 98Quebec ... 36 67,790 00New Brunswick ... 9 15,529 00Nova Scotia ... 13 15,621 66Prince Edward Island .. 7 8,300 00493 $816,239 83

"Subject to adjustment.

The difference between the number and amount of loans concurred in and the num-oer and amount of loans made, is due to (1) difference in dates; (2) delay in delivery f

equipment, etc., for which loans were concurred; (3) delay in making loans pending completion of legal formalities.

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS


Canada's occupation forces in europe


LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. GIBSON (Hamilton West):

Return tabled.

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May 7, 1947