March 9, 1950

PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

Thank you.

Topic:   THEFT OF NEEDLES FROM SHED AT REAR OF NATIONAL RESEARCH BUILDING
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

SHIPPING OF POTATOES AND TURNIPS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I should like to deal with a question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Queens (Mr. McLure). It had to do with the supply of reefer cars, and part of it was to this effect:

Will the minister advise, instruct and demand that the Canadian National Railways provide reefer cars for the shipment of potatoes and turnips from Prince Edward Island? The shortage of reefer cars at the present time is the greatest they have experienced in years.

I promised the hon. member that I would get a report from the Canadian National Railways. I am advised by them today that

there are 454 reefer cars on hand or in transit for Prince Edward Island traffic. This total

is made up as follows:

Cars on P.E.1 292

In transit at Cape Tormentine 43

Moncton 30

Truro 22

Campbellton 22

Monk 45

Total 454

Officers of the Canadian National Railways report that a satisfactory position as to reefer cars is considered to be around 300. When it exceeds this figure there is a danger of transportation difficulties arising in connection with the movement of the cars. Therefore my hon. friend can see that there is no shortage of cars. On the contrary, the situation is a good one.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   SHIPPING OF POTATOES AND TURNIPS
Sub-subtopic:   SUPPLY OF REEFER CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

Yesterday the hon. member for St. John's West (Mr. Browne) repeated his question about an accident which took place between two Canadian National Railway trains in the province of Quebec. I have a statement here which is not too lengthy, and I could either give it to the hon. member or put it on Hansard. It is a report of the accident. It is not a report following investigation, because investigation is not yet complete. It is the report which I was able to obtain from the officers of the Canadian National Railways. I think perhaps I had better send it to the hon. member.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   SHIPPING OF POTATOES AND TURNIPS
Sub-subtopic:   COLLISION OF EXPRESS TRAINS BETWEEN MONTREAL AND HALIFAX
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LIB

Gordon Benjamin Isnor

Liberal

Mr. Isnor:

Are we to understand that the report will be placed on Hansard?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   SHIPPING OF POTATOES AND TURNIPS
Sub-subtopic:   COLLISION OF EXPRESS TRAINS BETWEEN MONTREAL AND HALIFAX
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Perhaps I had better read it to the house. It is a report concerning the accident on the Canadian National Railways at St. Cyrille, Quebec, on February 24, 1950.

At about 10.45 p.m., February 24, passenger train No. 60, the Scotian from Montreal to Halifax, collided head-on with passenger train No. 1, the Maritime Express from Halifax to Montreal, about two miles east of St. Cyrille station, some six miles east of Drummondville. Ninety-three passengers and twelve employees were injured, but none of these seriously.

A formal investigation will be made by the railway officers with regard to the accident, but from reports received it appears the accident was to some extent due to another accident which occurred twelve hours previously, when a train struck a truck at the public crossing at St. Cyrille, damaging the

central traffic control circuit between Drum-mondville and St. Cyrille so that trains had to run on train orders over this section.

Train order was given to train 60, at St. Hyacinthe, together with several others, to the effect that No. 1 was to run six hours late and that No. 60 was to run Drummond-ville east to St. Cyrille west. No. 60 should have stopped at the signal at St. Cyrille west, which was displaying "stop" indication, and contacted the train controller at Levis, who would have authorized it to proceed to St. Cyrille station, at which point a terminal clearance would have been issued. Instead, however, train 60 passed the signal at "stop" indication, failed to obtain the terminal clearance form, passed governing signal at east switch at St. Cyrille also displaying "stop" indication, and ran through the switch of siding which was set for No. 1 to enter, thus entering the central traffic control territory in face of No. 1.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   SHIPPING OF POTATOES AND TURNIPS
Sub-subtopic:   COLLISION OF EXPRESS TRAINS BETWEEN MONTREAL AND HALIFAX
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INCOME TAX

FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

May

I ask the Minister of National Revenue if he is ready to answer the question I asked yesterday regarding the computation of depreciation on farm properties?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys; Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, the question which the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar asked yesterday has just been brought to my attention. He asked whether the minister would consider delaying the coming into effect of the depreciation rates that were provided for by order in council on January 31, and applied to the year 1949. The answer is that it would not be advisable to delay the coming into effect of these depreciation rates with reference to farmers, because of the fact that at the end of the year farmers file only interim returns. Like every other taxpayer, the farmer makes his final return on or before the 30th of April of the next succeeding year. Therefore he will have plenty of time to readjust it, and it is not an inconvenience to the farmer. There may be a little inconvenience in so far as administration is concerned, but we are prepared to take on that extra work.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. Hansell:

May I say that I have a letter from an accountant who points out that over fifty of his clients have already made their returns, not knowing of these changes. Will the regulations be enforced, so far as those who have already made their final returns, on the basis of the old rates? Some of them have made their final returns.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Because of advertising

encouraging them to do so.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys; Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

The new rates are of much greater advantage to the farmer. If he does not care to take advantage of the increased rate of depreciation, then he will be assessed upon the rate which he has used as the basis in filing his return.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. Hansell:

It is a decrease in depreciation on farm machinery.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ross (Souris):

On the 1st of March I had a question answered pertaining to the same subject. I have studied the order in council, and I have had correspondence from farmers who have made out their returns. They find there are changes which are not as beneficial to the farmer as the former provision in that regard, and there will be much contention on that very point.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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PC

John Alpheus Charlton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Charlton:

If I may ask a supplementary question, when the budget was being discussed last year did not the government give the farmers an undertaking that this change would not be made effective with respect to 1949 taxation?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS-CHANGES IN METHOD OF COMPUTING DEPRECIATION
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March 9, 1950