February 19, 1957

CCF

Alfred Claude Ellis

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

Mr. Claude Ellis (Regina City):

Mr. Speaker,

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue or the Minister of

Finance. In view of the many representations made to the government by trade union groups and construction workers in Canada, what action has been taken by the government, with respect to the cancellation of bulletin No. 10, of the taxation division of the Department of National Revenue, dated July 10, 1956, regarding non-deduction from income tax of living expenses and transportation costs for construction workers working on jobs away from their ordinary place of residence?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   TRANSPORTATION AND LIVING ALLOWANCE DEDUCTIONS
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, we have received representations and we have been giving consideration to them in the course of the normal budgetary meetings we have had.

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National

Revenue): Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a short answer supplementary to the one already given by the Minister of Finance. I would call the attention of the house to Votes and Proceedings of Thursday, February 14. A return was made by the Secretary of State to question No. 76 of February 13. The question reads as follows:

1. Have representations been received regarding the taxation of per diem and other allowances since the issuing of information bulletin No. 10, dated July 10, 1956, by the taxation division of the Department of National Revenue, urging that all workers in the construction and other industries be allowed income tax deductibility with respect to transportation and living allowances where such allowances are provided to cover expenditures necessary to the earning of an income?

2. If so, from whom have such representations been received?

3. Has consideration been given to such representations?

4. If so, has it been decided to take any action on this matter?

The answer to the first question is yes. With regard to the other matters as to whether consideration is being given to the representation and the decision that has been made, these are questions for the Minister of Finance because they relate to a matter of policy.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   TRANSPORTATION AND LIVING ALLOWANCE DEDUCTIONS
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ATOMIC ENERGY

CHALK RIVER


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Borden Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John B. Hamilton (York West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Could the minister advise the house if there have been any serious after-effects resulting from the breakdown of the Chalk River reactor which necessitated the temporary evacuation of the plant a few days ago?

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   BREAKDOWN OF REACTOR
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, one of the construction workers at the plant turned a

Inquiries of the Ministry wrong valve-or something of the sort and there was some little contamination in the reactor building. The building was evacuated accordingly. I am told that the contamination was removed within 12 hours and the plant was put back in operation. It was a minor upset and fortunately no damage was done to persons or property.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   BREAKDOWN OF REACTOR
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask the minister which reactor broke down?

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   BREAKDOWN OF REACTOR
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, it was the smaller reactor.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   BREAKDOWN OF REACTOR
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AGRICULTURE

BUTTER AND EGGS


On the orders of the day:


PC

William Marvin Howe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. M. Howe (Wellingion-Huron):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Is the government giving consideration to raising the floor price on butter and eggs as suggested in recent briefs of Canadian farm organizations?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RAISING OF FLOOR
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, we are always giving consideration to these matters and to any suggestions which are made to us and we will of course continue to do so.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RAISING OF FLOOR
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PC

William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rowe:

Not until next month.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RAISING OF FLOOR
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PC

Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. C. W. Hodgson (Victoria, Onl.):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Will the government increase the floor prices on butter and eggs?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RAISING OF FLOOR
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

We will give consideration to it.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RAISING OF FLOOR
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

TORONTO-HAMILTON REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER SERVICE


On the orders of the day: Mr. John Pallet! (Peel): Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Will the minister direct his good offices to making representations to the president of the Canadian National Railways for the improvement of the commuter service between Hamilton and Toronto, as was held out when permission was given to increase the commuter fares.


February 19, 1957