March 30, 1949

PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 157, for the relief of Brenda Denise Fuller Martin.-Mr. MacLean. Bill No. 158, for the relief of Suzanne Gundermann Wallis.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 159, for the relief of Margaret Ellen Joan Clayton Dullege.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 160, for the relief of Laura Goldstein Rosen.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 161, for the relief of Doris Mazer Goldsmith.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 162, for the relief of Marjorie Violet Schratwiser Cadham.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 163, for the relief of Ross Robert Baskin.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 164, for the relief of Ann Frances Gray Hirst.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 165, for the relief of Effie Violet Mugford Knox.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 166, for the relief of Freda Hersch Nishmas.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 167, for the relief of Mildred Davidon Liberman.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 168, for the relief of Raymond Joseph Louis Guay.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 169, for the relief of Hyman Herbert Schwartz.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 170, for the relief of Dorothy Mary Ward Bryant.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 171, for the relief of Audrey Frances Stokes Lambert.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 172, for the relief of Mary Katherine O'Connell Ball.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 173, for the relief of Stephen Henry Jones.-Mr. Winkler.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


SALES TAX

PC

Mr. Church:

Progressive Conservative

1. What provinces have a duplicate sales tax at present, and since when?

2. Will any relief be afforded so as to end such a duplicate tax system, and, if so, when and how?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SALES TAX
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LIB

Gleason Belzile (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Belzile:

The following provinces levy retail sales taxes:

The province of Quebec, under the provisions of the Retail Sales Act, 1941, levies a tax upon retail sales of movable property equal to 2 per cent of the purchase price.

The province of Saskatchewan, under the provisions of the Education Tax Act, 1940, levies a tax upon retail sales of tangible personal property equal to 2 per cent of the purchase price.

The province of British Columbia, under the provisions of the Social Security and Municipal Aid Tax Act, levies a tax upon retail sales of tangible personal property equal to 3 per cent of the purchase price. This tax came into operation on July 1, 1948.

The sales tax now imposed by the government of Canada is not a retail sales tax but a sales tax imposed at the manufacturers or wholesalers level.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SALES TAX
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PRICES AND TRADE BOARD

PC

Mr. Stanfield:

Progressive Conservative

1. Were there any prosecutions under the wartime prices regulations in the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, for black-marketing in nails?

2. If so (a) who was prosecuted: (b) what was the result?

3. Who laid the information?

4. Were any witnesses called from the cities where the nails were sold? If not, why were they not called?

5. Was a solicitor employed by the department?

6. If so (a) who was the solicitor; (b) how much was paid for his services?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PRICES AND TRADE BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   PROSECUTIONS IN SYDNEY, N.S.
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LIB

Gleason Belzile (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Belzile:

In so far as the wartime prices and trade board is concerned:

1. Yes. One prosecution on the charge that the accused did sell or offer for sale or supply of goods, to wit, nails at a price higher than reasonable and just, contrary to subsection 1 of section 8 of the wartime prices and trade regulations, P.C. 8528, dated the 1st day of November, 1941, as amended.

2. (a) Elman Motors Limited, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

(b) Charges dismissed by Magistrate John D. MacIntyre on the 9th of August, 1948.

3. Hugh MacNeil, investigator of the wartime prices and trade board, upon instructions issued by the enforcement administrator of the board after leave to prosecute had been granted by the board dated 24th June, 1948.

Questions

4. No. The nails were sold to purchasers in Montreal and Toronto. The fact that the sales had been made was proved adequately by the evidence of the investigator and was not denied by the accused company.

5. Yes.

6. (a) T. A. Hamilton, Esq., barrister, of Sydney, was retained to conduct the prosecution, his retainer being authorized by the Minister of Justice.

(b) $49.37.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PRICES AND TRADE BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   PROSECUTIONS IN SYDNEY, N.S.
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INCOME TAX

MUNICIPAL AND FEDERAL

PC

Mr. Church:

Progressive Conservative

1. In what year was federal authority substituted for municipal authority for income taxation?

2. From what time was income tax the exclusive field of the municipalities?

3. Was such substitution to be only temporary or permanent?

4. Is action now being taken for restoring this system of taxation to its original functions?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL AND FEDERAL
Sub-subtopic:   JURISDICTION
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LIB

Gleason Belzile (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Belzile:

The income tax was never the exclusive field of the municipalities. The British North America Act gave the dominion full authority to impose taxation by any mode or method whatsoever. The government of Canada entered the income tax field in 1917.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL AND FEDERAL
Sub-subtopic:   JURISDICTION
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WAR ASSETS

FLAT CARS

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the War Assets Corporation since the 1st of April, 1944, sold any 50 metric ton flat cars built or constructed for the U.S.S.R. under mutual aid requisition?

2. If so, to what persons or nations were such sales made; in what quantities and at what unit

prices?

Topic:   WAR ASSETS
Subtopic:   FLAT CARS
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LIB

Mr. Mcllraiih: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2.

Purchaser

Government of Prince Edward Island

The Eastern Car Company Limited, Trenton, N.S

Old Sydney Collieries Limited, Sydney, N.S

Dominion Coal Company Limited, Sydney, N.S

Acadia Coal Company Limited, Sydney, N.S

Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation Ltd., Sydney, N.S. Dominion Wheel and Foundries Limited, Trenton, N.S...

*Hendrik Mannerfrid Inc., 52 Wall street, New York, N.Y.

No. of flat Unit

cars sold selling price

12 $ 450

12 600

2 600

18 600

2 600

50 600

6t

1,500 2,200

Conversion of the cars sold to Mannerfrid was made in Cana dian shops at the expense of the purchaser.

tDismantled, cut up and sold at $21.50 per ton as scrap.

Topic:   WAR ASSETS
Subtopic:   FLAT CARS
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

March 30, 1949