March 22, 1954

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS AND CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE


Kon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport): Mr. Speaker, I desire to table the following reports for the year 1953, in English and in French: annual report of the Canadian National Railways; annual report of the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited; annual report of the Canadian National Railways securities trust, and auditors' report to parliament in respect of the Canadian National Railways system and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited. By leave of the house I move: That the annual reports for the year 1953 of the Canadian National Railways, the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, the Canadian National Railways securities trust, and the auditors' report to parliament in respect of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, tabled this day, be referred to the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, together with the following items of estimates for 1954-55: Vote 4G5-Prince Edward Island car ferry and terminals, deficit; Vote 469-North Sydney, Nova Scotia-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, ferry and terminals, deficit; Vote 474-Maritime Freight Rates Act, payment of difference between tariff tolls and normal tolls to the Canadian National Railways and other railways operating in the territory designated by the Vote 475-Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, deficit. And that the resolution passed by the house on February 5, 1954, referring certain estimates to the committee of supply, be rescinded in so far as the said resolution relates to votes Nos. 465, 469, 474 and 475. Motion agreed to.


STANDING ORDERS

CONCURRENCE IN THIRD REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

John Hornby Harrison

Liberal

Mr. J. H. Harrison (Meadow Lake) moved

that the third report of the standing committee on standing orders, presented to the house on Friday, March 19, be now concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS BREACHES, SAINT JOHN

PC

Mr. Bell:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have any investigations been conducted by the government during the months of February and March of this year into breaches of the customs regulations by incoming foreign ships to the port of Saint John?

2. If so, what ship or ships and registry were involved?

3. What were the results of the above investigations?

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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. Yes, all ships arriving from foreign waters at the port of Saint John are searched and where there is any indication of breaches of the customs regulations, these breaches are fully investigated.

2. The names of innocent owners of vehicles or vessels used by their employees or others in the breach of customs regulations are not released by the department. Following the same practice, the names of ships abroad which customs infractions are committed by passengers, crew, or persons other than responsible ships' officers are not made public.

For the period February 1 to March 8 inclusive, 12 ships arriving from foreign waters had customs seizures effected aboard. These ships were of the following registry:

Registry No. of Seizures

British 4

Canadian 4

Foreign 4

3. Seizures made in the twelve instances reported resulted in the confiscation of 4,270 cigarettes, 373 bottles of liquor, 26 bottles of wine, | lb. tobacco. Two persons were prosecuted for infractions of the Customs Act; one was fined $200 and the other $50. One vessel was seized and released on deposit of $400 pending decision as to penalty to be applied, if any, to owner.

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GRAIN HANDLING CAPACITY

CCF

Mr. Argue:

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

1. What is the grain handling capacity of (a) Pacific coast ports; (b) Port Arthur-Fort William?

2. At what percentage of capacity were grain handling facilities being operated at the above ports since August 1, 1953?

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LIB

Mr. Dickey: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

1. Below are listed as at March 11, 1953,

licensed storage capacity, which is the declared physical space, and the "effective

Questions

capacity", which means the peak usable storage space as estimated by the Canadian wheat board on the basis of maximum stocks, taking into consideration past records, multiplicity of grades, condition of grain and vessel loadings.

Estimated Licensed effective capacity capacity millions of bushels

(a) Pacific ports

(i) Vancouver/New

Westminster ... . ,. 19-5 17-5(ii) Victoria . 1-0 [DOT]9(iii) Prince Rupert . 1-2 1-1(b) Fort William/Port Arthur . 93-2 80-02. Grain handling as percentage of capacity since August 1, 1953 was constantly in flux. Stocks in store as percentage of "Estimated effective capacity" varied between August 1, 1953 and March 3, 1954, as follows: Vancouver/New Westminster, from 46 to 80 per cent; Victoria, from 11 to 78 per cent; Prince Rupert, from 9 to 82 per cent; Fort William/Port Arthur, from 49 to 100 per cent.

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INCOME TAX OFFICES, SALARIES AND COLLECTIONS

SC

Mr. Hansell:

Social Credit

1. How many income tax offices are there in Canada?

2. How many are there in the four western provinces, and where is each located?

3. What was the total of income tax office salaries in Canada in 1952?

4. What was the total income tax collected in Canada in 1952?

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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. The Department of National Revenue, taxation division, has 27 district taxation offices in addition to head office.

2. There are seven district taxation offices located in the four western provinces, as follows: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

3 and 4. Fiscal year ended 31st March, 1953: Total salaries $18,859,816.57; total collections-income tax and succession duties $2,593,960,618.25.

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PENSION COMMISSION-MEDICAL PERSONNEL

PC

Mr. Dinsdale:

Progressive Conservative

1. Who are the full time medical personnel of the pension commission?

2. Where are they located?

3. What is their salary?

iMr. Dickey.'

4. Are any of these full time medical personnel permitted to engage in occupations supplementary to their duties on the pension commission?

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LIB

Mr. Bennett: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

1. J. F. Bates, M.D., C.M.; J. P. Laplante,

O.B.E., E.D., M.D., C.M.; W. L. Coke, O.B.E., C.D., M.D.; L. W. Brown, M.D., C.M.

2. Ottawa.

3. $9,000 per annum.

4. Section 3(12) of the Pension Act, chapter 207, R.S., 1952, reads as follows: "Each commissioner shall devote the whole of his time to the performance of his duties under this act, and shall not accept or hold any office or employment that the governor in council may declare to be inconsistent with the performance of his duties under this act."

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March 22, 1954