February 24, 1955

NATIONAL REVENUE

SALES TAXES-LAWYERS EMPLOYED AND REMUNERATION RECEIVED


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I gave an answer to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) with respect to lawyers engaged by the Department of National Revenue in connection with sales tax cases, at the conclusion of which he asked me if I could get for him the total amount paid to the 703 lawyers employed in the last five years for the services rendered. I now have this information, which indicates that the following amounts were paid in the respective fiscal years:

Year Amount

1949-50

1950-51

1951-52

1952-53

1953-54

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   SALES TAXES-LAWYERS EMPLOYED AND REMUNERATION RECEIVED
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

BURLINGTON


On the orders of the day:


PC

Sybil Bennett

Progressive Conservative

Miss Sybil Benneii (Halion):

In the absence of the Postmaster General I should like to direct a question to his parliamentary assistant. Would the parliamentary assistant say if the Postmaster General has completed his investigation, commenced around the first week of January, into the non-delivery of a large quantity of mail posted in the Burlington post office between December 31, 1954 and January 3, 1955? If so, what are his findings?

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   BURLINGTON
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON NON-DELIVERY OF MAIL
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LIB

Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. T. A. M. Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General):

As all hon. members know, the Postmaster General is absent from the house. I cannot state

definitely whether or not the investigation has been completed, but may I assure the hon. member that I shall look into the matter tomorrow and if it has been completed will give an answer then.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   BURLINGTON
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON NON-DELIVERY OF MAIL
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Having regard to Sir Winston Churchill's statement in the British House of Commons yesterday which indicated an apparent divergence between the United States and Great Britain with respect to the islands of Quemoy and Matsu, what is the viewpoint of the Canadian government with reference to this matter?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend was good enough to give me notice of this question, in reply to which I would call his attention to a statement I made on this matter in the house on January 25, during which I said:

... a distinction can validly be made between the position of Formosa and the Pescadores and the islands off the China coast now in nationalist hands. The latter are indisputably part of the territory of China . . .

Possibly I might add that we have given no undertaking and have no commitments in regard to the defence of these islands off the coast of China if they are attacked by forces of the Chinese communist government in Peking.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Nor, do I take it, have we any commitment with regard to Formosa?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I think I have already said in the house that our only commitments in that part of the world are those arising from our membership in the United Nations and our signing of the United Nations charter.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Even though there are no commitments, has the Canadian government, in the position of interpreter between the United Kingdom and the United States, given any expression of its views?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, our views on this matter are very well known both in London and in Washington, and when there is an opportunity for debating this matter in the house, which I hope will be shortly, I might at that time reiterate those views here.

Inquiries of the Ministry WATER RESOURCES

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FORMOSA-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRESENT SITUATION
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NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN


On the orders of the day:


February 24, 1955