July 13, 1955

NEW MEMBER INTRODUCED


James Alexander Smith, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Battle River-Camrose, introduced by Mr. Solon E. Low and Mr. Victor Quelch.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

ST. FELICIEN-LAKE CACHE BRANCH LINE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROGRESS IN CONSTRUCTION

LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, hon. members will recall that on June 3 I announced to the house that the government had decided to recommend to parliament that capital assistance be provided in the form of a subsidy of $25,000 per mile for the construction of the Lake Cache-St. Felicien section of the branch line from Beattyville to St. Felicien previously authorized by parliament. As I said then, this decision followed an intensive study undertaken with the co-operation of the Canadian National and local interests which had led to the conclusion that national interests as well as the normal development of the area would best be served by having the whole branch line proceeded with at once.

The house will, I am sure, be glad to learn that the management of the Canadian National has now informed me that surveys of the 139-mile section from St. Felicien to Lake Cache have advanced sufficiently to permit the management to call for tenders on Friday next, July 15, for clearing, grading and preliminary work on the first half of this section, and that at an early date tenders will be called for the second half of the line following the completion of the final surveys.

I believe that hon. members will also be interested to know that the work on the two sections totalling 159 miles in length between Beattyville and Chibougamau is being pushed ahead vigorously despite the late spring breakup which hampered construction activities, and that 11 miles of track have been laid to Belle Riviere where construction of a bridge is under way.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   ST. FELICIEN-LAKE CACHE BRANCH LINE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROGRESS IN CONSTRUCTION
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QUESTIONS

NATIONAL REVENUE

PHOTOSTATS SHOWN TO PREMIER OF ONTARIO

CCF

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

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

1. In the matter of the photostatic copies of any document or documents which the Minister of National Revenue showed to the premier and/or provincial treasurer of Ontario, on April 27, 1955, were the said photostats prepared in or by the Department of National Revenue?

2. If so, when were they prepared?

3. If not, from whom did the minister obtain the said photostats, and when did he obtain them?

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   PHOTOSTATS SHOWN TO PREMIER OF ONTARIO
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SUCCESSION DUTY-PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS

CCF

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

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

1. During each of the last three fiscal years, in the case of how many succession duty returns did the Department of National Revenue make, or have made, photostatic copies of any documents submitted in connection with such returns?

2. For what purpose or purposes were such photostatic copies made?

3. In how many cases were such photostatic copies brought to the attention of the minister?

Topic:   SUCCESSION DUTY-PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS
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INCOME TAX-PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS

CCF

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

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

1. During each of the last three fiscal years, in the case of how many income tax returns did the Department of National Revenue make, or have made, photostatic copies of any documents submitted in connection with such returns?

2. For what purpose or purposes were such photostatic copies made?

3. In how many cases were such photostatic copies brought to the attention of the minister?

Topic:   INCOME TAX-PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS
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* NATIONAL REVENUE

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

CCF

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

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

1. In the matter of the information which the Minister of National Revenue communicated to the premier and/or provincial treasurer of Ontario, on April 27, 1955, did the minister obtain the said information, in the first instance, from the files of his department? If so, when?

2. If not, from what source did the minister receive the said information, and when?

Topic:   * NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   SOURCE OF INFORMATION
Sub-subtopic:   DISCLOSED
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a reply to these four questions. Question No. 4 calls for an oral answer, and I am going to answer all four orally.

With regard to these four questions, public policy, as indicated by statutory provisions and otherwise, requires that all information

Questions

and sources of information respecting revenue matters be treated as secret. Consequently no answer can be given to a question which might tend to disclose a source of information.

However, with regard to questions No. 2 and No. 3, I think I can give an answer that will be satisfactory and will meet the requirements of the hon. gentleman who has put the questions on the order paper. In No. 2 the question is asked: During each of the last three fiscal years, in the case of how many succession duty returns did the Department of National Revenue make, or have made, photostatic copies of any documents submitted in connection with such returns? The same question is asked in No. 3, but has to do with income tax returns. May I say that throughout our 27 offices in Canada we have photostatic equipment to make photostatic copies of documents and also, in some of the offices, to make microfilm copies of these documents. The purpose of this is that, in the event of books and records being seized from a taxpayer, by having copies of the documents, the original ones may be more quickly returned to the taxpayer.

It then asks, "For what purpose or purposes were such photostatic copies made?" The purposes are that they may be used, if necessary, in the event of prosecution, whether that be in the civil court or used in the case of an appeal and whether that appeal be before the income tax appeal board or the exchequer court. With regard to the question, "In how many cases were such photostatic copies brought to the attention of the minister?" I can truthfully say I have seen thousands of them and they have been brought to my attention on many occasions by the officers of the department when we were having conferences with reference to matters affecting the taxpayer.

Topic:   * NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   SOURCE OF INFORMATION
Sub-subtopic:   DISCLOSED
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 answered.

Topic:   * NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   SOURCE OF INFORMATION
Sub-subtopic:   DISCLOSED
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CANAL SYSTEMS-USE OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

PC

Mr. Fraser (Peterborough):

Progressive Conservative

1. During (a) 1954; (b) 1955, did tile dominion government rent, lease, loan, sanction or permit in any way the use for commercial purposes of any government property on any of our canal systems?

2. If so, what is the name or names of the individual or individuals renting, leasing or having permission to use the said property or properties?

3. What is the location of the property in each case and what amount, if any, is paid in rent, etc.?

4. What length of term or lease or authorization is extended for such property or properties?

5. Is the property thus secured for commercial purposes from the government exempt from business or other taxes?

He said: Mr. Speaker, with the permission of the house I would ask that this question be dropped.

Topic:   CANAL SYSTEMS-USE OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
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July 13, 1955