May 21, 1963

FINANCE

ANNOUNCEMENT OF LEGISLATION RESPECTING IMPORT SURCHARGES

LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Walter L. Gordon (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a brief statement respecting the surcharge on imports order that was passed by the previous government on June 24, 1962. As hon. members know the legality of this order has been challenged, and the matter is before the courts.

This poses a difficult problem because in many cases those who paid the surcharges, and who might now be entitled to claim refunds should the order be found to have been invalid, passed the amount of such surcharges on to their customers. These customers in turn may have passed the amount of the surcharges on to their customers, and so on. It would not be possible to unscramble a situation of this kind.

Accordingly I should like to inform the house that the government will be recommending legislation on the surcharge order. One effect of this proposed legislation would be to prevent any massive attempt at obtaining refund of moneys in fact paid by now unidentifiable Canadians, an action which would not be in the public interest.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF LEGISLATION RESPECTING IMPORT SURCHARGES
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ECONOMIC COUNCIL OF CANADA

PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT AND DEFINITION OF DUTIES

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to provide for the establishment of an economic council of Canada and to define the duties thereof, to provide for the appointment of the chairman, directors and other members of the council and for the payment of the remuneration of the chairman and directors and of certain other expenses of administration of the council, to provide further that the council may engage the services of such advisers and staff as may be necessary to enable it to carry out its duties and to provide further for other related and incidental matters.

Topic:   ECONOMIC COUNCIL OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT AND DEFINITION OF DUTIES
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Motion agreed to.


MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOAN BOARD

PROVISION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES

LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Walter L. Gordon (Minister of Finance) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to promote increased employment in Canada by the provision of financial assistance by way of loans to municipalities, the object of such loans being to enable municipalities to augment or accelerate their capital works programs subject to the approval of the provinces concerned; and for this purpose to provide a special fund in the consolidated revenue fund not exceeding four hundred million dollars to be available for the making of loans to municipalities and certain other municipal authorities for specific municipal capital works projects; to establish a municipal development and loan board to administer the fund so provided; to authorize the acceptance of municipal debentures for any loans so made; to authorize a measure of forgiveness in respect of any loans so made, depending upon the date of completion of the projects for which such loans are made; and to provide further for other related and incidental matters.

Topic:   MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOAN BOARD
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES
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Motion agreed to.


INDUSTRY

PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure (a) to establish a department of industry to be presided over by a minister of industry who shall be appointed under the Great Seal of Canada, to authorize the appointment of a deputy minister by the governor in council, and to provide for the appointment to the department on a temporary basis of persons having special knowledge of manufacturing industries to assist in the work of the department; (b) to provide for the establishment under the direction of the minister of an area development agency and to provide for the appointment of a commissioner and a deputy commissioner for area development; and (c) to make a consequential amendment to the Salaries Act to provide a salary for the minister.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT
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Motion agreed to.


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

PROVISION FOR APPOINTMENT OF TWO MINISTERS

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister) moved

that the house go into committee at

Introduction of Resolutions the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure respecting the Department of Agriculture, to provide that the department shall be presided over by a minister of agriculture (east) and a minister of agriculture (west) appointed under the Great Seal of Canada, and to make a consequential amendment to the Salaries Act to provide salaries for both ministers.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR APPOINTMENT OF TWO MINISTERS
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Motion agreed to.


ATLANTIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD ACT

May 21, 1963