May 28, 1947

RAILWAY COMMITTEE


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


PRESENT STOCKS IN STORAGE-REPLY TO QUESTION AS TO INCREASE IN RATION

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, a few days ago the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefen-baker) asked me a question arising out of a press statement regarding sugar stocks in storage in Canada. According to the report to which he referred, these stocks were large, and he asked me whether in view of that situation consideration was being given to increasing the ration by approximately four pounds per person, to take up the surplus. I told him at the time I thought the situation was not such as to justify an increase in the ration. The information I have found is as follows.

While it is true that there are considerable stocks of sugar in the country at the present time, this is no indication that sugar rationing could be abandoned. In fact the world sugar situation is still quite tight, and the abandoning of sugar rationing is out of the question for some time to come.

The reason for the large stocks of sugar on hand now is that we have been receiving quite heavy deliveries of Cuban sugar against our international allocation. Under this international arrangement the actual shipments to Canada are governed by a number of factors, and we take the sugar when we are able to get it, and store it for future use.

Our allocation will allow an approximate per capita consumption of about 80 pounds this year, which is nine pounds better than last year, but still ten pounds or so below the prewar per capita consumption.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

What is the amount of sugar in storage in Canada today? According to this statement, the storage facilities are being overtaxed because of the amount on hand. The suggestion has been made that soft drink companies, bakeries and the like be given one month's supply in advance on their quota, as is done in the United States, with a View to removing the congestion in storage.

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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

I cannot give a figure as to the amount in storage. I have not asked for that information. However I shall look into the question as to whether storage facilities are being overtaxed. The fact remains that, on balance, over the year, our allocation will not give us more than an approximate amount of 80 pounds per capita, as I said before. We take the stocks as and when we can get them.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


INCOME TAX-CHECKING RETURNS OF FARMERS

PC

Mr. MILLER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Are any income tax assessors engaged in travelling around the country checking income tax returns of farmers?

2. If so, how many from each income tax division?

3. Of these, how many from each such division are (a) full time; (b) part time?

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Subtopic:   INCOME TAX-CHECKING RETURNS OF FARMERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Charlottetown, 2; Saint John, 3; Montreal, 5; Ottawa, 4; Toronto, 3; Hamilton, 9; London, 1; Winnipeg, 25; Regina, 25; Saskatoon, 8; Edmonton, 21; Vancouver, 2.

3. (a) None; (b) Answered by No. 2.

In explanation of the above it is pointed out that all employees of the taxation division are full time employees but the assessors engaged in travelling around the country checking income tax returns of farmers do so only periodically.

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Subtopic:   INCOME TAX-CHECKING RETURNS OF FARMERS
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RADIO BROADCASTING-"NATION'S BUSINESS"

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

What is the actual amount of money expended by the C.B.C. in a full year under the present arrangement for the broadcasts of the "Nation's Business" on the national and French networks, covering such items as pay of staff involved, cost of recording, proportion of charges for line service for that period of time, etc.?

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Subtopic:   RADIO BROADCASTING-"NATION'S BUSINESS"
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

It is impossible to make any calculation of costs chargeable to this programme. No staff are employed exclusively on this programme and no accurate assessment can be made of incidental or part time employment involved.

I would suggest this question might well be asked before the committee on radio broadcasting, where officials of the C.B.C. might be able to give information on more detailed questioning.

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Subtopic:   RADIO BROADCASTING-"NATION'S BUSINESS"
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UNEMPLOYMENT

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many unemployed men as of this date are there in each of the provinces?

2. What was the total amount paid in each province for unemployment insurance during each of the months of March and April, 1947?

3. How many unemployed, eligible for insurance benefits, were registered in the months of January to April inclusive by provinces?

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Mr. MITCHELL: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Records of persons registered at the national employment service of the labour department show those who are registered as

[The Chairman.]

Questions

seeking work and are given as an approach

to the answer to the question. The figures

are as of May 15. 1947. This is the latest

date for which the figures are available.

Unplaced applicants

May 16, May 15,

Province 1946 1947Prince Edward Island. .. 2,286 1,303Nova Scotia .. 14,037 14,810New Brunswick .. 10.998 6,731Quebec .. 53,169 32.848Ontario .. 48,122 23,282Manitoba .. 13,568 8,398Saskatchewan ... 5,627 3,976Alberta .. 7,246 4,715British Columbia .. 22.053 13,200Total ... 177,106 109,2632. March, 1947 April, 1947Prince Edward Island $ 36,524 $ 32,503Nova Scotia . 358,040 354,421New Brunswick . 145,349 136,866Quebec . 1,384,992 1,236,053Ontario . 1,214,944 983,908Manitoba . 307,778 274,215Saskatchewan . 188,559 159,648Alberta . 245,228 176,359British Columbia .... . 598,461 426,776Total .84,479,875 83,780,7493. The following figures show the number of persons eligible for benefit who signed theunemployment register on the last six days ofeach of the months concerned: 1947 January FebruaryPrince Edward Island .. 782 914Nova Scotia ... 7,997 9,023New Brunswick ... 3,115 3,990Quebec ... 32,952 34,916Ontario ... 30,534 30,408Manitoba ... 7,551 8,567Saskatchewan ... 4,433 4,640Alberta ... 4,930 5,775British Columbia .... ... 13,582 14,187Total ... 105,876 112,4201947 March AprilPrince Edward Island ... 903 720Nova Scotia ... 10,114 9,460New Brunswick .... ... 4,421 3,599Quebec ... 32,642 27,412Ontario ... 27,569 21,005Manitoba ... 8.297 6,360Saskatchewan ... 4,469 3,148Alberta ... 6.995 5,303British Columbia ... ... 11,636 9,063Total ... 107,046 86,070

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
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IMMIGRATION

SC

Mr. CAOUETTE:

Social Credit

1. How many immigrants have entered Canada since September 1, 1939?

2. How many of each nationality?

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. 155,865.

2. It is impossible to break down by nationality for the exact period requested as nationality tables are compiled yearly rather than monthly. However, the attached statement shows nationalities since April 1, 1939, to March 31, 1947.

Immigration to Canada showing nationalities, from April 1, 1939, to March 31, 1947

Albanian 2

Armenian 1

Austrian 39

Belgian 277

British 113,804

Bulgarian 16

Central American 21

Czechoslovakian 2,243

Danish 155

Danzig 13

Dutch 716

Estonian 17

Finnish 81

French 360

German 1,823

Greek 189

Hungarian 502

Icelandic 8

Italian , 261

Japanese 39

Yugoslavian 293

Latvian 23

Lithuanian 131

Luxembourg 11

Mexican 32

Norwegian 351

Polish 3,386

Portuguese 6

Roumanian 230

Russian 65

South American 42

Spanish 36

Swedish 41

Swiss _ 167

Syrian 9

Turkish 9

Ukrainian 3

U.S. Citizens 40,994

West Indian (Not Br.) 25

Others 7

Total 166,428

Questions

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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May 28, 1947