March 17, 1950

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Summary of orders in council passed during the period February 1 to February 28, 1950.- Mr. St. Laurent. Final report on the activities of the Fraser Valley diking board from its inception on July 22, 1948, to March 1, 1950.-Mr. Howe. Report of the administration of the Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act, 1943, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1949.-Mr. Sinclair. Order in council, P.C. 5460, dated October 27, 1949, authorizing the granting of modus vivendi licences to United States fishing vessels visiting Canadian Atlantic coast ports during 1950.-Mr. MacNaught.


ST. PATRICK'S DAY-PRESENTATION OF SHAMROCK TO MR. MCIVOR BY PAGE BOYS


Mr. Daniel ' Mclvor (Fort William): Mr. Speaker, since the day when a page boy, Romeo Latreille, rescued a girl from drowning in the river near Ottawa on a Sunday afternoon, I have had high regard for the page boys. I appreciate the emblem of my native land, now on my desk, donated by them. It keeps fresh the memory of the patron saint of Ireland; and I am sure hon. members feel grateful for the splendid stuff of which the page boys and their leaders are made.


INCOME TAX

FARMERS

CCF

Wilbert Ross Thatcher

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

Mr. W. Ross Thatcher (Moose Jaw):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Last night a question was answered in which I had asked how many prosecutions had been launched against farmers who had failed to file income tax returns in several of the provinces. The answer given by the minister was that no information was available. In my hand I hold a copy of the Winnipeg Free Press of March 7, in which it is stated that in the first two months of this year, in all Canada, 1,953 farmers were prosecuted. My point of privilege is this: If the department can give a newspaperman the full figure, it should be able to give members of parliament a breakdown of that figure.

I hope the minister will reconsider the answer to my question, and try to give a break-down. I am particularly interested in the prosecution of farmers in Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. A. Ross (Souris):

I should like to ask the Minister of National Revenue a supplementary question. In addition to the publicity in the papers about income tax prosecutions, can the department give the number of prosecutions that have been properly asked for? The farmers of Manitoba are just as much interested in this controversy as are the farmers of other provinces.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I shall take the hon. member's question as notice. The answer given to the hon. member for Moose Jaw was a correct answer, and the only one available, because we do not keep the statistics by occupations. That is why we are not responsible for press comments with reference to the number of prosecutions in any part of Canada.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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CCF

Wilbert Ross Thatcher

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

Mr. Thalcher:

May I ask, as a supplementary question, how the minister's department got the total farm figures for the newspapers?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I am not in a position to answer that question at the moment.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

Is it not a fact that we do get, when we ask for it, the number of farmers, by provinces, who pay income tax? That information has been given before, because I am sure I have asked for it.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

That may be true, but it entails a lot of work, because our essential statistical records are not kept by occupations.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   FARMERS
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16
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RADIO BROADCASTING

REFERENCE TO MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


On the order: That a select committee be appointed on radio broadcasting to consider the annual report of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and to review the policies and aims of the corporation and its regulations, revenues, expenditures and development, with power to examine and inquire into the matters and things herein referred to and to report from time to time their observations and opinions thereon, and to send for persons, papers and records; that the committee have power to print such papers and evidence from day to day as may be deemed advisable or necessary; that the committee have power to meet while the house is sitting;



Inquiries of the Ministry that the committee shall consist of the following members: Messrs. Balcer, Boisvert, Cote (St. Johns-Iberville-Napierville), Decore, Diefenbaker, Fleming, Fulton, Gauthier (Portneuf), Gauthier (Sudbury) , Hansell, Henry, Isnor, Kent, Knight, Langlois (Gaspe), Maybank, McCann, Murray (Cariboo), Richard (Ottawa East), Robinson, Riley, Smith (Moose Mountain), Smith (Calgary West), Stewart (Winnipeg North), and Whitman; that the presence of at least nine members shall be a quorum of the said committee; and that standing orders 64 and 65 be suspended in relation thereto.


LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Stand.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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Mr. W. Chester S. McLure@Queens

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I have waited since March 10 for this government notice of motion to be called. Every once in a while it is called and allowed to stand. I want to enter my protest against the make-up of the committee provided for by this motion, because it does not represent all the provinces of Canada.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The motion is not before the house. The hon. member's remarks would be in order when the motion is moved.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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March 17, 1950