March 2, 1948

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. PAUL MARTIN (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

As to the first part of the question, the policy of the government will be announced in due course. With respect to the second part, these matters receive continuous attention.

Topic:   LEGISLATION
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HOUSING

INCREASE OF TAXES ON CERTAIN WARTIME HOUSES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Have the tenants occupying wartime houses in the city of Vancouver been informed by Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation that it is the intention to increase rentals beginning on April 1 next? If notice has been

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given, will the minister state the reason for such increases, and how the increased rent will compare with other rentals in the same locality?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INCREASE OF TAXES ON CERTAIN WARTIME HOUSES
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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. P. C. BLACK (Cumberland):

May I say, sir, that I have a similar telegram on behalf of people in my town of Amherst, that Wartime Housing officials are increasing rentals at this time. I should like to know the reason, and whether the minister will not have this proposed increase of rentals postponed and investigated.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INCREASE OF TAXES ON CERTAIN WARTIME HOUSES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I think the same answer will cover both questions. The situation is that the houses referred to were built during wartime under agreements with cities or municipalities covering fixed taxation for the period of agreement, which was for the duration of the war and one year thereafter. The taxation agreement with the cities and municipalities has now expired. In some cases we have been able to renew the agreement, and in other cases that has not been possible.

In respect of Vancouver, let me say that the city of Vancouver by resolution of February 24, 1948, laid down the policy that the city would increase the taxes on tenants of these houses. My hon. friend will appreciate that the city cannot tax government property, and could not tax the houses. But it is free to tax the tenants in the houses.

To straighten out the matter and to save confusion, Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation has agreed to collect the taxes which the city has assessed against the tenants. The increase in the rentals represents the amount of increased taxes requested by the city. I may say that the corporation receives no more revenue from the houses than was the case before new taxes were assessed.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INCREASE OF TAXES ON CERTAIN WARTIME HOUSES
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

INQUIRY AS TO SETTING UP OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. J. BROOKS (Royal):

I should like to ask the Minister of Veterans Affairs when wre may expect that the special committee on veterans affairs will be set up.

Hon. MILTON F. GREGG (Minister of Veterans Affairs): The resolution to set up the committee will be brought before the house just as soon as the program will permit.

The Address-Mr. Blair

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SETTING UP OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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CZECHOSLOVAKIA

INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN LOAN


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Wilbert Ross Thatcher

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

Mr. W. R. THATCHER (Moose Jaw):

I should like to ask a question of the Secretary of State for External Affairs

and I apologize for not having sent him notice. Has the Canadian loan made some two years ago to Czechoslovakia been used up? If not, in view of recent events in that country could the minister say what the government's intention is regarding the remainder?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): Mr. Speaker, I happen to have before me the figure as to the amount that has not yet been committed on the loan to Czechoslovakia. It is $1,400,000. The matter of what action will be taken is still under consideration. When a decision has been reached it will be announced.

Topic:   CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN LOAN
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QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Calgary West (Mr. Smith) asked a question regarding transportation for wives and dependent members of families of members of parliament over the railways of Canada.

I would reply by saying that members of the House of Commons are entitled by law to free transportation upon all railway trains in Canada. This is by virtue of section 346 of the Railway Act, 1919. Free transportation to dependent members of the families of members of the House of Commons is issued under authority of section 345(c) of the Railway Act.

I am informed by the Canadian National Railways that trip passes issued for their trains to dependent members of the families of members of the House of Commons bear no restriction whatever. The Canadian Pacific Railway, however, advise that trip passes such as I have mentioned are restricted in so far as travel on trains 6 and 15 between Montreal and Toronto is concerned, and trains 355 and 356 between Montreal and Quebec. The company states however that if a member will make known to them at the time a pass is requested that any one of these particular trains is to be used, the restrictions will be removed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

Why should it be there at all?

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
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GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

March 2, 1948