April 6, 1949

LIB

Mr. Chevrier: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. On Canadian lines at December 31, 1948, 102,163.

2. All except temporary employees and those who commenced after age fifty-five and those who are now contributing to other railway pension funds, viz: 5,462 contributors to Intercolonial provident fund and 23 contributors to Grand Trunk Railway superannuation fund.

3. Service pensions are payable to employees who entered the service before attaining age fifty who at December 31, 1934, had at least ten years allowable service and at age sixty-five have at least fifteen years allowable service. It is not possible to say how many employees will meet these requirements.

4. Basic pensions are payable to (a) employees who entered the service before December 31, 1934, who had less than ten years allowable service at that date, and who have at least fifteen years allowable service at age sixty-five; (b) employees who entered the service after December 31, 1934,

at not over age forty-five, and who at age sixty-five have at least twenty years allowable service.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PENSIONS
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CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION-"TRANS-CANADA SUPPLEMENTARY" STATION

LIB

William Moore Benidickson

Liberal

Mr. Benidickson:

What are the general privileges of, and liabilities to, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a radio station listed as "supplementary" on the map attached to the annual report of the C.B.C. for 1947-48?

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION-"TRANS-CANADA SUPPLEMENTARY" STATION
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation classifies supplementary stations on the trans-Canada network in two groups as follows: Group A: Unrestricted trans-Canada sustaining service available to these stations, which may also be added for commercial network programs upon request of the sponsor.

Group B: No sustaining service available to these stations but they may be added to trans-Canada commercial network programs upon request of the sponsor and for broadcasts of national importance.

Similar provisions apply to supplementary stations on the dominion network and French network.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION-"TRANS-CANADA SUPPLEMENTARY" STATION
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ALVIN BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government purchased property in the city of Vancouver known as the Alvin building and situate on Robson street in that city.

2. If so, from whom and at what price?

Topic:   ALVIN BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.
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LIB

Mr. Fournier (Hull): (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

Topic:   ALVIN BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.
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FLOUR SUBSIDIES

SC

Mr. Caouette:

Social Credit

1. What amount was paid as flour subsidies in each of the years, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1948?

2. To whom were such subsidies paid and what amount in each case?

Topic:   FLOUR SUBSIDIES
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LIB

Gleason Belzile (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Belzile:

Net Payments of Drawbacks 1- to Flour Millers

Fiscal Years

August 1, 1942, to Amounts

March 31, 1943 $ 1,908,844.72

" 31, 1944

18,048,172.02" 31, 1945

20,652,269.99" 31, 1946

21,470,818.67" 31, 1947

23,594,953.20" 31, 1948

22,789,689.33

Rebate of drawbacks received under profit control from Commodity Prices Stabilization Corporation, August 1, 1943 to July 31, 1947, $9,393,164.87.

2. Persons to whom drawbacks were paid are shown in public accounts on the following pages: 1943, page Y 26; 1944, pages CC 50-51; 1945, page F 53; 1946, page F 34; 1947, pages F 42-43; 1948, pages F 22-23.

Topic:   FLOUR SUBSIDIES
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SALES TAX

SC

Mr. Shaw:

Social Credit

1. Under existing dominion-provincial tax agreements, are the provinces of Canada permitted to impose sales taxes?

2. If so, how many provinces impose sales taxes?

3. Which provinces impose the sales taxes and what is the rate of tax in each such province?

4. What was the total amount collected by each province in sales taxes for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1948?

Topic:   SALES TAX
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The existing dominion-provincial tax agreements do not deal with sales taxes.

2. Three provinces levy a retail sales tax.

3. The province of Quebec levies a tax upon retail sales of movable property equal to 2 per cent of the purchase price.

The province of Saskatchewan levies a tax upon retail sales of tangible personal property equal to 2 per cent of the purchase price.

The province of British Columbia levies a tax upon retail sales of tangible personal property equal to 3 per cent of the purchase price.

4. According to the public accounts of the provinces concerned net collections were:

Quebec, $24,333,524.99; Saskatchewan, $6,190,298.30; British Columbia, nil (tax not in operation until July 1, 1948).

Topic:   SALES TAX
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POSTAL SERVICE

RECLASSIFICATIONS AND SALARY

PC

Mr. McGregor:

Progressive Conservative

1. What is the established basis upon which service as a helper, or assistant postmaster is taken into consideration when reclassifications, or salary adjustments, are made in a post office?

2. Is remuneration, for services for night work in a revenue post office, on the same basis as day services for comparable work?

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   RECLASSIFICATIONS AND SALARY
Sub-subtopic:   ADJUSTMENTS
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LIB

Mr. Bertrand (Laurier): (Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. When the approved scale of salaries for assistants in post offices paid from revenue was placed in effect, rates within the scale for individuals were determined basically upon what the employee had been paid prior to the change.

2. Yes.

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   RECLASSIFICATIONS AND SALARY
Sub-subtopic:   ADJUSTMENTS
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REVISION OF THE STATUTES

CCF

Mr. McKay:

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

1. Is revision of the index and tables of the Revised Statutes of Canada now being completed?

2. If so, is consideration being given to indexing amendments as to chapter and section?

29087-151J

Questions

Topic:   REVISION OF THE STATUTES
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LIB

Mr. Garson: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. The work on the revision of the statutes, which includes index and tables, commenced about February 15, 1949.

2. The statute revision commission will revise and complete index schedules and tables in due course.

Topic:   REVISION OF THE STATUTES
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April 6, 1949