March 19, 1948

LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

It covers all the farmers of Canada. The reference to prairie farmers and other farmers had relation to the two types of guide and account books.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-STATEMENT ON NET WORTH PORTION OF RETURN
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUTCKSHANK:

The farmers who work and those who do not.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-STATEMENT ON NET WORTH PORTION OF RETURN
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PC

George James Tustin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. TUSTIN:

Then I also understood the minister to say assessors were sent out from his department who, with the assistance of the farmers, made up these statements so the farmers could be assessed for income tax. How many years do they go back in arriving at those statements?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-STATEMENT ON NET WORTH PORTION OF RETURN
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCANN:

That depends entirely on the individual case.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-STATEMENT ON NET WORTH PORTION OF RETURN
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EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY


On the order, "Government notices of motion": That when this house adjourns on Wednesday, March 24th instant, it stand adjourned until Tuesday the 30th instant.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I indicated earlier in the week that I would have something further to say about this resolution today. As hon. members know, the government is hoping that we shall get through on Wednesday afternoon. In some respects the house has not made quite the progress this week that we had hoped it might make; in other respects we have done perhaps even better than we had expected. I think I should allow the motion to stand until Tuesday. By that time it will be possible to know definitely whether we can afford to adjourn on Wednea-day afternoon. I may say that if it appears reasonably certain that we can complete by Wednesday afternoon such essential business as I shall now indicate, the motion will be amended so as to read that when the house adjourns on Wednesday, March 24, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, April 5.

The Minister of Finance has authorized me to say that provision will be made in the supplementary estimates for members' travelling expenses to and from their homes, as has been provided for other short recesses during the past few years. Those who find it more convenient to travel by air will be entitled to do so. [DOT]

I wish now to indicate what remains to be covered between now and the close of Wednesday afternoon if we are to adjourn at that time. If we are not through by Wednesday at six o'clock we shall have to sit, I think, on Wednesday night and possibly also on Thursday. There are amendments to the wheat act. That will be the first item taken up this afternoon. Then there is the Agricultural Products Act which has to go through different stages; then amendments to the emergency tax legislation, covering amendments to the Excise Tax Act and the Customs Act, including the imposition of new taxes and the removal of the old ones.

These have all been mentioned before. I am not certain that I said anything definite about supply. The Minister of Finance did make some reference thereto. Therq are some supplementary estimates to be brought down for the present fiscal year with the resulting supply bill, and then there will be an interim supply bill.

In regard to the supplementary estimates, I would say that so far 'as discussion on these is concerned the government will expect naturally that there will be some debate, but there will not likely be an item in the supplemen-taries that will not be paralleled by what appears in the general estimates, under which discussion on parallel items could take place later on. I think that covers all I have to say at the moment.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

May I ask whether the Minister of Finance has decided to deal with interim supply before the Easter holidays?

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

Yes. I have given further consideration to the matter which was raised by my hon. friend the other day and after discussing it with the officials I have come to the conclusion that since we are to adjourn presumably until April 5 it would be embarrassing if we did not have the usual vote of interim supply for the commencement of the new fiscal year on April 1. Therefore it will be my intention, on Tuesday perhaps, to bring in the usual interim supply bill. I shall perhaps discuss with the leaders, first, the question of how much should be asked for, and so on, and endeavour to arrange to have it put through expeditiously, if that meets with the wishes of the house.

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN :

If I may do so, I wish to assure the Minister of Finance that on the matter of interim supply there will be no delay whatever. We recognize that money has to be available and I am sure that after the Prime Minister's statement today with respect to one feature of the Easter holidays, there will be a disposition on the part of some to hurry up the business in the next three or four days.

May I take this opportunity to make one suggestion. The measures which it is essential to pass in the next three or four days are measures which, I believe, everyone in this house wishes to see disposed of. Might I suggest to the government that one item that might be left until the last is the discussion of the excise tax. The government may not be disposed to see it that way, but certain of the other items, I gather, have to be disposed of. With respect to that one item, I suggest that it be left until the last. I make that suggestion with respect.

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

If I may answer my hon. friend, on the Excise Tax Act we have had quite a long discussion in the committee stage and I feel, Mr. Speaker, that it is a measure which I must press forward before we adjourn.

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
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WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCES


PROVISION FOR [DOT]NEGLECTED OR DEPENDENT CHILDREN, INCREASED PERMISSIBLE INCOMES, ETC. Hon. MILTON F. GREGG (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved: That it is expedient to amend the War Veterans Allowance Act to extend the provisions thereof to a neglected child or children of a deceased veteran and to a veteran with a depen- dent child or children in special circumstances; to allow for increased permissible incomes and to provide supplementary allowances. Provision is also made to increase the annual salary for members of the war veterans' allowance board. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been, made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


MOHAWK AIRPORT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the hon. member for Hastings South (Mr. Stokes), who has been called home this afternoon on important public business, I wish to ask a question of the Minister of National Defence. I have been unable to give him notice, so perhaps he will take this as notice of the question. Information has come to the hon. member that this week a wrecking crew began to demolish the Mohawk airport near Deseronto in his constituency. In view of the fact that this was built as a permanent camp, and further in view of the present international situation, will the minister investigate the matter to see if it is possible to reverse the government's policy in this regard?

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MOHAWK AIRPORT
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION OF DEMOLITION OPERATIONS
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):

I shall be glad to look into it.

Topic:   EASTER RECESS-MEMBERS TRAVELLING EXPENSES -INTERIM SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MOHAWK AIRPORT
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION OF DEMOLITION OPERATIONS
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ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE


On the orders of the day:


March 19, 1948