June 10, 1948

VETERANS AFFAIRS


Sixth report of special committee on veterans affairs-Mr. Mutch.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


VETERANS INSURANCE

CCF

Mr. PROBE :

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

1. How much insurance is in force under the Veterans Insurance Act, and how many veterans are involved?

2. How many veterans have been refused insurance under the terms of this act since its inception?

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Subtopic:   VETERANS INSURANCE
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. GREGG:

Return as at June S, 1948:

1. Veterans' insurance in force, $55,038,465. Number of insured lives, including veterans and others eligible under the Veterans Insurance Act, 18.463.

2. 115.

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Subtopic:   VETERANS INSURANCE
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TAXATION AGREEMENT WITH PROVINCES- ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

PC

Mr. FULTON:

Progressive Conservative

1. How much would be the payments to Ontario and Quebec under the Dominion-Provincial Tax Rentals Agreement Act, 1947, in respect of each of the years 1947 and 1948 if those two provinces had entered the agreements?

2. What was the amount of the collections by the federal treasury under (a) individual income tax; (b) corporation income tax; (c) succession duties, for each of those provinces in the fiscal year 1947-48?

3. Have either of those two provinces entered the tax fields, exclusive use of which was asked for by the dominion beyond the point which would be allowed under the agreements; and if so, what tax fields and to what extent?

4. If the answer to question 3 is in the affirmative does the federal treasury now lose in revenue or have to pay any rebate or make any offsetting adjustment to the taxpayers of Ontario and Quebec as a result; and if so, how much?

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Subtopic:   TAXATION AGREEMENT WITH PROVINCES- ONTARIO AND QUEBEC
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LIB

Mr. BELZILE: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

1. Preliminary estimates of payments which would be payable to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec under the Dominion-Provincial

Tax Rentals Agreement Act, 1947, in respect of the years 1947 and 1948, if these two provinces had entered the agreements, are as follows:

1947 1948

Ontario $74,012,000 $77,288,000

Quebec 63,056,000 65,929,000

2. Total collections by the dominion government of individual income tax, corporation income tax and succession duties in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec during the fiscal year 1947-48 were as follows:

Individual* Corporation**

Income Income SuccessionTax Tax DutiesOntario $302,406,377 $150,466,340 $15,860,474 Quebec 171,773,056 107,480,594 7,807,023

*Does not include gift tax or deferred tax.

**Does not include excess profits tax or special tax on distribution of accumulated surpluses in the case of private companies.

3. Any provincial government which signs the agreement undertakes not to impose or permit any of its municipalities to impose an income tax or a corporation tax or a corporation income tax, with the exception of (1) a defined 5 per cent tax on corporate income earned within the province (to be levied only until its abolition is requested by the dominion); and (2) any tax on income derived from mining operations or from logging operations levied by the province, or by a municipality in lieu of a tax on property. The dominion does not ask for the exclusive right to levy succession duties.

Neither Ontario nor Quebec has levied an individual income tax.

Both of these provinces, however, have levied a corporation income tax of 7 per cent. This rate is 2 per cent higher than the rate of tax which agreeing provinces may levy under the terms of the agreement.

Ontario and Quebec have also various specific taxes on corporations, such as taxes on capital, taxes on premium income of insurance companies, taxes on railway mileage, etc., which could not be levied under the agreement.

Both Ontario and Quebec levy succession duties which they could continue to levy under the agreement, if they so desired.

4. The dominion treasury does not lose any revenue as a result of Ontario and Quebec using tax fields, the right to use which they

Questions

would rent to the dominion if they signed an agreement. If these provinces signed agreements, the dominion treasury would have to make substantial payments to the two provincial governments, but certain taxpayers in the two provinces would pa}7 less in taxes than the}7 do now.

Succession duties paid to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec may be deducted by the taxpayer from succession duties payable to the dominion government up to one-half the amount of the dominion duty. However, this situation would continue if either province entered into an agreement and chose to remain in the succession duty field.

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Subtopic:   TAXATION AGREEMENT WITH PROVINCES- ONTARIO AND QUEBEC
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IMMIGRATION FROM BRITAIN

PC

Mr. CHURCH:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government any central register in Britain for those who want to emigrate to Canada?

2. As to the announcement made on Thursday, June 3, in the British house by Philip J. Noel-Baker, Secretary for Commonwealth Relations, that 300.000- Britons are waiting to emigrate to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, has the government of Britain any figures in reference to Canada?

3. What are the figures for Canada of Britons ready to come here; in what cities can they register; what are the conditions governing their coming and what cash are they allowed in dollars?

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION FROM BRITAIN
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LIB

Mr. MacKINNON: (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

1. No. It is not necessary for a British subject to register before coming to Canada. The immigration regulations provide for the admission of a British subject by birth or naturalization in the United Kingdom who is in good health and in possession of sufficient means to maintain himself until he becomes established in this country or is destined to relatives or friends in a position and willing to assist him. The immigration branch have centrally located offices in London and Glasgow and will be opening offices at Liverpool and Belfast shortly.

2. Information not available.

3. No information available as prior registration not required. See answer to question No. 1 regarding conditions for coming to Canada. It is understood that British emigrants leaving the United Kingdom are allowed the transfer of 11,000 per annum for four years.

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TORONTO POSTMASTER

PC

Mr. CHURCH:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has anyone yet been appointed as director of the post office in Toronto?

2. If so, by whom w7as he appointed, and where did he reside before?

3. Has the government adopted the policy of transferring heads of post offices in other cities to Toronto?

4. If so, when -was such a policy inaugurated by the government instead of the principle of promotion?

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Subtopic:   TORONTO POSTMASTER
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LIB

Ernest Bertrand (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

1 and 2. Mr. W. M. MacLean, postmaster, Hamilton, has been selected by the civil service commission for promotion to the position of postmaster, Toronto, as a result of a competition amongst employees of the Toronto postal district.

3 and 4. In adherence to the principle of promotion which requires the holding of competitions, it has been the policy for many years to advertise vacancies in the more important positions amongst employees of the postal district concerned and to promote the best qualified candidate.

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Subtopic:   TORONTO POSTMASTER
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PURCHASE OF FORD HOTEL BUILDING, MONTREAL

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Are negotiations now being conducted or have they been completed in connection with the purchase by the dominion government of the Ford hotel in Montreal?

2. If the sale has been completed what is the amount of the purchase price?

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Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF FORD HOTEL BUILDING, MONTREAL
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LIB

Mr. WINTERS: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Not completed.

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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

June 10, 1948