April 9, 1957

PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. Fulton (Kamloops):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of National Revenue whether the Canadian government has made any further representations to the United States government in connection with the case now before the tax court of the United States of America involving Premium Iron Ores Limited, in which this Canadian company is being sued for a tax which I understand may amount with interest to $8 million if the case should be upheld?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, no representations

have been made by the Department of National Revenue. I cannot speak for other departments.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

Perhaps I could ask the Prime Minister as a general question whether any further representations have been made since the last report to the house on it, and whether he or the Minister of Trade and Commerce have had any conversations with the United States secretary of the treasury about this case and, if so, to what effect?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I have had no correspondence or conversations with the secretary of the United States treasury. There have been no other written representations but the note that was filed some time ago. However, there has been a recent interview between the ambassador and officers of the state department to try to clear up the inaccurate representation that had appeared before the commission with respect to the contents of that note, and to make certain that the full content of the note would be brought to the attention of all the departments concerned.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulion:

May I ask the Minister of

Trade and Commerce if he has had any conversations with the United States secretary of the treasury and, if so, to what effect?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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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, the answer

is no.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the

Prime Minister whether, in the notes or aides-memoire that have been delivered or in the most recent representations he has just referred to, the position was taken that this was a matter in which Canada has a vital interest and therefore that a definite position with respect to it was being taken by the Canadian government?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Mr. Speaker, the position was taken that there was a question of fact that was now submitted to the court, and if as a consequence of the court's finding on the evidence relating to that question of fact it was felt that the real intent of the treaty with respect to the avoidance of double taxation was not being carried out, there would have to be reconsideration of its terms.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

That was made clear?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

That was

made clear.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   PREMIUM IRON ORES-REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROTEST TO U.S. AUTHORITIES
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INDUSTRY

POLYMER CORPORATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Has the minister yet obtained what he referred to yesterday as an expert opinion on the ethics of Mr. J. D. Barrington being at the same time managing director of the government-owned Polymer Corporation Limited and a director of McIntyre Porcupine Gold Mines Limited?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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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, I have given no further consideration to the matter. I shall take it up as soon as the pressure of parliamentary duties is relieved.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the minister a supplementary question. Did the minister make any suggestion to anyone connected with McIntyre Porcupine Gold Mines Limited that Mr. Barrington might be appointed a director of the company?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Porf Arthur):

The president spoke to me about it. I said he had better consult with Mr. Barrington. I expected to be consulted later myself but I was not, and the matter is still under consideration.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

May I ask a further supplementary question. Will the minister ascertain what Mr. Tory, the chairman of the board, has said about this matter?

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Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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April 9, 1957