January 16, 1953

THE ROYAL STYLE AND TITLES ACT

CHANGE IN FORM OF TITLES FOR USE IN CANADA

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 102, an act respecting the royal style and titles.

He said: This bill is to secure constitutional approval of changes envisaged in the royal style and titles which were agreed to at the prime ministers' conference in London in December. It was decided that they should be recommended to the respective parliaments of the commonwealth. It is to carry out the agreed minute which was tabled in this house on December 15, as printed as an appendix to Hansard of that date.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   THE ROYAL STYLE AND TITLES ACT
Subtopic:   CHANGE IN FORM OF TITLES FOR USE IN CANADA
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Centre):

would like to ask a question, and although I did not give notice to the minister, the matter was up before and it is this. Has consideration been given to permitting employees of the Canadian National Railways, who are in receipt of excess contributions under the original pension plan, to be relieved from reporting such refunds as income, as though they were received during the current year?

I understand that representations to that end have been made and I would like to know the result from either the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. McCann) or the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier). I do not know which minister is looking after it.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, some consideration has been given to the matter. As the law stands now, the amount received is taxable in the year it is received. However, we will take the question as notice and if there is further information we can get for the hon. member we will be very glad to give it.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Might I ask a further question in that connection, since it affects many employees? They claim they were given promises to that effect.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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?

Some hon. Members:

No, no.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

There is nothing controversial about this. They claim that they were promised to that effect and I wonder whether the Minister of Transport is in a position to say whether they were, and in any event whether he would recommend that something be done along the line suggested in my first question.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I have given some attention to the problem and I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, that no promise was given in so far as the Department of Transport was concerned. I have received representations from the chairman of the committee established under the pension scheme and I intend to discuss the matter with my colleague the Minister of National Revenue.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ASSESSMENT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION FUND REFUNDS
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CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

SPECIAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

Mr. Speaker, on December 17, as recorded at page 832 of Hansard, I asked this question of the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. McCann):

Will the government take steps leading to the appointment by the house of a special committee of the house at an early date to review the report and operations and policies of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation?

The minister's reply was:

Mr. Speaker, the government have no objection to following that course and I will place the matter before my colleagues immediately.

I wonder if the minister would indicate whether it is the government's intention to place a notice of motion to that effect on the order paper at an early date so that the committee can be appointed and launch on its inquiry very soon.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   SPECIAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as a matter of fact the motion has been drawn and, as has happened in years gone by, we are awaiting

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Committee on Defence Expenditure nominations from the party to which the hon. gentleman belongs to complete the personnel of the committee.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   SPECIAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT
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Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. The minister has no right to make the statement he has just made, because it has not been the practice to make these nominations until the house has approved the motion to set up the committee. If the minister will indicate that that will be done, the nominations will be readily forthcoming.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   SPECIAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I do not think I should allow a debate on the matter at this time.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   SPECIAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT
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DEFENCE EXPENDITURE

January 16, 1953