November 20, 1957

PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Tomorrow, Mr. Speaker, we shall continue with these estimates and then take the estimates of mines and technical surveys, veterans affairs, fisheries and justice.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

In that order?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

In that order.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.



Questions


ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS


The following answers, deposited with the Clerk of the house, are printed in the official report of debates pursuant to standing order 39:


CHINESE IMMIGRATION

LIB

Mr. Pickersgill

Liberal

1. Has any change been made in the procedure for dealing with Chinese immigration applications since June 21, 1957?

2. If so, when was such change made and what is its effect?

3. How many applications for the admission of Chinese as immigrants have been received since June 21, 1957?

4. How many applications for Chinese have been (a) refused; (b) approved since June 21, 1957?

5. How many such applications are still pending?

Answer by: Hon. E. D. Fulton (Acting Minister

of Citizenship and Immigration):

1. No.

2. Not applicable.

3. 688.

4. (a) 14; (b) 544.

5. 209.

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Subtopic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
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SALES TAX ON PANSIES

LIB

Mr. Huffman

Liberal

1. Have any changes taken place since January 1, 1957, in respect to sales tax on pansies as grown by nurseries for home consumption?

2. If so, what is the nature of the changes and the date on which same took effect?

3. Have any refunds been made during the past year to nursery firms or individual growers of pansies in respect to sales tax previously paid?

4. If so, what are the names, addresses and amounts thereof?

5. Are pansies considered as nursery stock and if so, exempt from sales tax?

6. What is the regulation governing the refund of money paid in error?

7. Is there a time limit in which to make claim for refund?

Answer by: Hon. G. C. Nowlan (Minister of

National Revenue):

1. Yes.

2. Exemption from sales tax by reversal of ruling re classification of pansies as nursery stock and by budget resolution providing exemption for "potted, flowering or bedding plants . . .", effective March 15, 1957.

3. Yes.

4. It is contrary to the established practice to disclose any information which would divulge the business of individual taxpayers.

The Department of National Revenue had held for some years that pansies were not nursery stock but changed its ruling in the light of conflicting expert advice. One company had consistently opposed the payment of sales tax on the grounds that pansies were nursery stock and, having paid under protest, were entitled under the law when the ruling was changed to a refund of $207.48. For greater certainty the statutory exemption referred to in 2 was approved by parliament.

5. Yes, also under the exempting provision for "bedding plants".

6. Section 46, subsection (6) of the Excise

Tax Act. i'

7. Yes, two years from the date of application to the department in writing.

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX ON PANSIES
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SUCCESSION DUTY COLLECTIONS, 1956-57

SC

Mr. Christian

Social Credit

With respect to the years 1956 and 1957, how do the amount of moneys collected under the succession duty act, as of October 31, 1957, compare to those collected as of October 31, 1956, giving figures?

Answer by: Hon. G. C. Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue):

In the first seven months of each of the fiscal years 1956-57 and 1957-58, the total amounts of dominion succession duty collected were, respectively, as follows:-

Fiscal Year

1956- 57 (7 months) $53,028,777.07

1957- 58 (7 months) $41,611,693.01

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Subtopic:   SUCCESSION DUTY COLLECTIONS, 1956-57
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE APPEAL BOARD, MONCTON, N.B.

LIB

Mr. Murphy (Westmorland)

Liberal

1. Who are the members of the appeal board, unemployment insurance commission, Moncton, New Brunswick?

2. How often do they sit?

3. What pay do they receive?

4. How many decisions have they given since the board became operative in 1940?

5. How many decisions upheld the insurance officers decision?

6. How many decisions were given in favour of the employee, for each of the years from the time the board was set up to the the present date?

7. How many appeals were taken from the Moncton board to the umpire in each of the years?

Answer by: Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

1. Chairman

L. D. Wadman

Employer Rep. R. D. Bannon W. C. Cosman C. I. Mills

Insured Person Rep, G. W. Myles W. Touchie E. McAllister

2. See below.

3. Chairmen receive $35 for a full day's sitting, and $22 for a part sitting. Panel members receive $25 for a full sitting, and $16 for a part sitting.

1951 1952

1. Part sittings held ... 25 32. Full sittings held ... Nil 163. Number of appeals .. 181 1354. No. of appeals disallowed 172 1315. No. of appeals allowed 9 4Number of appeals taken to umpire 9 1

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UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE ACT, ONT.

LIB

Mr. Martin (Essex East)

Liberal

1. Have there been discussions between the Minister of National Health and Welfare and any member of the government of the province of Ontario, regarding participation by the province of Ontario in the Unemployment Assistance Act of 1956?

2. Has the government of the province of Ontario indicated to the government its intention to take advantage of the Unemployment Assistance Act of 1956?

Answer by: Hon. J. W. Monieith (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

1. Yes.

2. The matter is currently under discussion.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE ACT, ONT.
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FEDERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, NEWCASTLE, N.B.

LIB

Mr. McWilliam

Liberal

1. Have steps been taken to begin construction of the federal public building at Newcastle, New Brunswick?

2. Was a change made in the site of the building?

3. If so, of what nature?

4. Did it entail much change in plans and specifications?

Answer by: Mr. Hodgson, Parliamentary

Assistant, for the Minister of Public Works:

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. The town officials made available a 10-foot strip of land to the rear of the crown site and it was therefore possible to meet their request that the building be set back 10 feet from its planned position to help traffic conditions.

4. No.

Questions

4, 5, and 6. The information requested is shown in the attached table. Detailed statistics for periods prior to 1951 are not available.

3 qtrs. only

1953 1954 1955 1956 19575 1 13 8 1110 15 6 6 2111 90 179 141 148101 83 172 137 13410 7 7 4 141 2 0 1 1[The following items were passed in committee

of supply]:

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, NEWCASTLE, N.B.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

November 20, 1957