April 18, 1962

EXCISE TAX

AMENDMENT OF RESOLUTION RESPECTING SALES TAX

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Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, in keeping with the practice I followed in previous years I should like to give notice of an amendment to the Excise Tax Act resolution which I intend to move when this resolution comes before the committee of ways and means in due course. The amendment is merely to change the effective date of paragraph 7 of the Excise Tax Act resolution.

The paragraph in question deals with the liability for sales tax when certain equipment is diverted from a tax exempt use to a taxable use. It now provides that legislation based thereon is to become effective from budget night. The amendment I propose provides that this legislation shall come into force on receiving royal assent. In view of the expected delay in the enactment of legislation based on the budget resolutions it is considered that this paragraph, which concerns the administration and collection of sales tax, should not be considered as having come into effect on budget night and instead should await the passage of legislation.

I think I should give the text of the proposed amendment.

That paragraph 9 of the Excise Tax Act resolution be amended to read as follows:

"9. That any enactment founded on paragraphs 1 to 6 of this resolution be deemed to have come into force on April 11, 1962, that any enactment founded on paragraph 7 of this resolution shall come into force on the date the said enactment is assented to, and that any enactment founded on paragraph 8 of this resolution be applicable in respect of contracts of insurance entered into or renewed after April 10, 1962."

Topic:   EXCISE TAX
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT OF RESOLUTION RESPECTING SALES TAX
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HEALTH AND WELFARE

REMOVAL FROM MARKET OF DRUG MER 29

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Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of Amateur Sport; Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. W. Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, on March 30 I made a brief statement in the house relative to a drug called thalidomide which has been removed from the market. Last Monday similar action had to be taken regarding another new drug, MER 29, and I understand that parallel steps were carried out in the United States.

I might add that in order that the procedure for reviewing new drugs should encompass the most complete assurances of their safety,

I have today requested the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to set up an ad hoc committee to consider procedures which the department has followed for over 10 years.

I am most anxious, Mr. Speaker, that the people of Canada receive the full benefit of advances in medical science as soon as safety has been determined. I trust that the action being taken today will be reassuring in this regard.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM MARKET OF DRUG MER 29
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GATT-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FURTHER RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to announce some further results of the GATT tariff negotiations which have been taking place in Geneva.

During the tariff conference Israel, Portugal, Cambodia and Spain engaged in tariff negotiations with several countries in order to complete the necessary steps for their accession as member countries to GATT. This will bring the membership of the GATT to 44 members, accounting for well over 80 per cent of world trade.

In our negotiations with Israel and Portugal, concessions of interest to Canadian exporters were secured. In addition, indirect benefits accrue to Canada by virtue of bilateral negotiations between these two acceding countries and third countries including the United States. The results of the United States negotiations with these two countries have already been drawn to the attention of the house in my announcement of April 6.

Tariff reductions obtained from Israel of interest to Canadian exporters include the following: wheat, aluminum, synthetic rubbers, phenol and radio navigational instruments. Bindings against tariff increases were secured on hoops and strips of iron and steel, internal combustion engines and cattle hides.

Portugal has agreed to reduce the duty on flaxseed, synthetic rubbers, copper, synthetic fibre threads and yarns, films and refrigeration apparatus. Existing rates on salted cod were bound against increase.

In return, Canada has agreed to bind the existing free entry on oranges, almonds,

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boards and blocks of cork, ripe olives in brine and unset diamonds. Canada also agreed to bind the existing rates on corks and to reduce the duty on manufactures of cork from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.

Canada did not negotiate directly with Cambodia, but all tariff reductions agreed upon between Cambodia and third countries will be available to Canada. The results of these negotiations will be announced later. With respect to Spain, negotiations have been successfully concluded between Canada and Spain and it is expected that the results of all Spain's negotiations will be made public shortly.

I wish now to table three copies each of the protocols providing for the accession of Israel and Portugal to the general agreement which Canada signed at Geneva on April 6.

Topic:   GATT-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FURTHER RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the minister leave to table these documents?

Topic:   GATT-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FURTHER RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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POST OFFICE ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING RATES ON CULTURAL AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

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William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. M. Hamilton (Postmaster General) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-88, to amend the Post Office Act.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING RATES ON CULTURAL AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING RATES ON CULTURAL AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
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William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

This bill is designed to implement certain recommendations contained in the report of the royal commission on publications and, specifically, to eliminate for all publications local delivery rates of postage and to reduce rates on cultural publications and certain other special classes, allowing the first 5,000 copies of such publications to be carried free of charge.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING RATES ON CULTURAL AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


SURVEY OP INDIAN RESERVES, SASK.

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Mr. Howard

Liberal

With respect to Mr. Joseph Dreaver and his duties to survey the Indians of Saskatchewan in respect of their reactions and recommendations concerning the findings of the joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons on Indian affairs (a) has he made any report or reports as to his findings: and, if so, what does the report or reports contain (b) is he under any obligation to report by a certain time; and, if so, what are the details surrounding this (c) what procedures and systems does he use in conducting this survey, and who developed them (d) how long will he be employed (e) what travelling expenses have [Mr. Hees.l

been incurred (f) what are the names of the reserves which he has visited in the course of his survey, and upon what dates did he visit each such reserve (g) has he visited any organizations of Indians; and, if so, upon what dates?

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Subtopic:   SURVEY OP INDIAN RESERVES, SASK.
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Ellen Louks Fairclough (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Fairclough:

The answer to this question is as follows:

(a) Yes. An interim report has been received, the contents of which are privileged.

(b) Further reports will be submitted by Mr. Dreaver from time to time as the survey progresses.

(c) The systems and procedure to be used in the survey are the responsibility of Mr. Dreaver.

(d) One year or until such time as the survey is completed, whichever is the lesser.

(e) Travelling expenses are included in the per diem payment for Mr. Dreaver's services.

(f) Mr. Dreaver has visited the Big River, Sandy Lake, Muskeg Lake, Wahpaton Sioux, Red Pheasant and Sweet Grass Indian reserves. The information as to dates of these visits is not presently available.

(g) Yes. Mr. Dreaver has met with members of the Onion Lake and Meadow Lake bands, a member of the executive of the Queen Victoria treaty association, the executive committee of the federation of Saskatchewan Indians, the president of the independent Indian association, members of the executive of the Battleford, Regina and Prince Albert Indian and Metis societies. Mr. Dreaver has also met with Indian trappers at Prince Albert and Indians from northern Saskatchewan reserves at Buffalo Narrows.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SURVEY OP INDIAN RESERVES, SASK.
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April 18, 1962