March 23, 1955

LIB

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

Liberal

1. (a) No. (b) Yes-2 contracts.

2. (i) 131,335 yards of cloth cotton drill 8-5 oz. in accordance with Department of National Defence specification and sealed sample; (ii) 62,000 yards of cloth cotton twill 4-2 oz. in accordance with Department of National Defence specification and sealed sample.

3. (i) $81,428.20; (ii) $26,970.01; total $108398.21.

4. (i) $0.62 per yard, sales tax exempt delivered to Montreal, P.Q.; (ii) $0,435 per yard, sales tax exempt delivered to Montreal, P.Q.

Topic:   DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   CLOTH PURCHASED
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INCOME TAX

QUARTERLY PAYMENTS

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. In each of the last three years for which records are available, how many income taxpayers required by law to make quarterly payments during the year had failed to do so?

2. What steps does the government take to inform such taxpayers that such quarterly payments have to be made?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   QUARTERLY PAYMENTS
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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. Information not available.

2. Form T7B Individuals is made available by the taxation division to persons required to make quarterly instalment payments of individual income tax.

Where a taxpayer has failed either to pay instalments of tax when due or in the proper amounts and, for such deficiency in respect thereof is charged interest, form T1218 is mailed to the taxpayer. This latter form directs attention to the requirement to pay instalments of tax and advises the taxpayer

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to use form T7B in the future. A copy of form T7B is supplied to the taxpayer concurrently with each form T1218 mailed.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   QUARTERLY PAYMENTS
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C.N.R. SECTION CREWS-LAY-OFFS

PC

Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hodgson:

How many maintenance of way employees of the Canadian National Railways will be laid off on account of the recent change in section crews?

Topic:   C.N.R. SECTION CREWS-LAY-OFFS
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LIB

J. G. Léopold Langlois (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Langlois (Gaspe):

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

Section crew requirements vary from time to time and it is not possible to answer the question in the form in which it is asked.

Topic:   C.N.R. SECTION CREWS-LAY-OFFS
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BUREAU OF STATISTICS UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. How are the monthly unemployment figures of the dominion bureau of statistics obtained?

2. How many persons are engaged as canvassers in connection with any surveying or sampling done for the purpose of obtaining such figures?

3. What are the qualifications of the persons doing any such canvassing?

4. In what ways is such canvassing done?

5. How many persons are canvassed or surveyed each month in connection with the obtaining of such dominion bureau of statistics unemployment figures?

Topic:   BUREAU OF STATISTICS UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The estimates of labour force characteristics which are published by the dominion bureau of statistics are based on information collected from a sample of households in Canada. The samples of areas in each of the ten provinces are designed so that each area has a known chance of selection which is dependent on the size of its population. From this survey an estimate can be prepared, within a known degree of accuracy, of what a complete census of Canada would show.

The design of the labour force sample recognizes a basic division between the very large urban centres and those areas which are predominantly rural.

Within each of the large urban centres, areas, with differing potential for development, are sampled separately. The samples consist of a number of blocks where the chance of selection of any one block is dependent upon the number of dwellings within it.

In the predominantly rural areas of each province, municipalities or groups of contiguous municipalities form the sampling units. The objective in the formation of these units, which contain on an average 15,000 persons, is that in each unit the distribution of farm households, urban households, and the type of industry should be similar to the provincial distributions. The practical impossibility of obtaining such comparability necessitates the grouping of these

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units into different classes or strata such that all units within a stratum have basic similarities though they may differ from stratum to stratum. The selection of the sample in the rural areas is made in successive stages. From each stratum one unit is selected on the basis of its population size and within each selected unit a sample of census subdistricts is chosen. The next stage is the selection of a sample of groups or clusters of households within the chosen subdistricts while the final stage is the selection of a sample of households within the chosen clusters. At each stage, the relative size of the population provides a measure of the chance of selection.

At present the sample for the labour force survey comprises 76 rural units and 40 large urban centres. In these areas the labour force data for the members of over 30,000 households are collected by a staff of interviewers. These interviewers are trained and supervised by members of the full-time field staff of the dominion bureau of statistics.

The basic principle in estimating totals from the labour force survey is to determine from each provincial sample the proportion of persons, classified by age and sex, who have specific labour force characteristics. These proportions, when applied to independent estimates of the provincial populations, provide estimates of the aggregate numbers in each labour force category.

2. 586 enumerators in February, 1955.

3. The government employment services are asked to submit a list of persons of reasonable education and presentable appearance. They are then interviewed by the field representative, who explains the duties to them. According to their comprehension of the work and their ability to conduct such interviews in accordance with instructions, they are employed.

4. The enumerator interviews a responsible member of each household of the predetermined group of households using a form which specifies the questions to be answered.

5. Approximately 80,000 in February, 1955.

Topic:   BUREAU OF STATISTICS UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES
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SALES TAX APPEALS

MACHINERY AND APPARATUS

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. Is the opinion of the Minister of National Revenue as to when machinery and apparatus are to be considered as used directly in the process of manufacture for sales tax purposes subject to appeal?

2. If so, what body hears such appeals?

3. If not, is consideration being given to the tariff board being granted such authority, or to the setting up of a sales tax appeal board to deal with questions of this nature as well as other questions relating to the administration of the sales tax?

4. What is the ministerial definition as to when machinery and apparatus are considered as used directly in the process of manufacture for sales tax purposes?

5. What is the basis for this definition? Is it under review?

Topic:   SALES TAX APPEALS
Subtopic:   MACHINERY AND APPARATUS
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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1 above.

3. No. Section 57 of the Excise Tax Act already makes provision for appeals to the tariff board on certain questions.

4. It is thought that the words of the statute are clear, viz., that the machinery or apparatus must be used directly in the process of manufacture or production of goods.

5. The statute. No.

MISSION CITY, B.C., POST OFFICE Mr. Patterson:

1. How many tenders were submitted for the remodelling and extension of the post office at Mission City, British Columbia?

2. By whom were these tenders submitted?

3. What was the amount of each tender?

Topic:   SALES TAX APPEALS
Subtopic:   MACHINERY AND APPARATUS
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LIB

Mr. Bourgel: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Four.

2 and 3. C. J. Oliver, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., $91,641; Sorenson Construction Co., Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., $107,475; Commonwealth

Construction Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., $111,311; Stange Construction Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., $111,789.

Topic:   SALES TAX APPEALS
Subtopic:   MACHINERY AND APPARATUS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

R. F. WELCH LIMITED

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. Has the Minister of Labour been asked to establish an inquiry commission for the purpose of inquiring into the relations between the Canadian National Railways and the R. F. Welch company, with particular reference to the bypassing of a collective agreement between the Canadian National Railways and the brotherhood of maintenance of way employees?

2. Has it been decided to establish such an inquiry commission?

3. If not, is such request being considered?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   R. F. WELCH LIMITED
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LIB

March 23, 1955