May 13, 1965

FINANCE

SASKATCHEWAN-TAX CONCESSIONS TO POTASH MINES USING SOLUTION PROCESS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that at least two companies using the solution process in potash operations have indicated that they would not likely locate in Saskatchewan because they cannot compete with shaft mines, will the Government place the solution potash operations on the same basis as shaft mines with regard to tax write-off provisions.

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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I would be delighted to answer the question, Mr. Speaker, but the right hon. Leader of the Opposition mentioned two companies and did not name them, which leaves me at a slight disadvantage.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Does the Minister say he has not had any word from the Government of Saskatchewan, from the Premier of that Province, advising of two companies in that position?

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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Gordon:

Well, I will try to answer the question without the information I thought I might receive. This is a matter which has engaged the attention of the Government for some considerable time. A decision was reached, and I would be glad to go into it in more detail when the income tax bill is before the House.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, would the Minister say, has a decision been arrived at that such equality in write-offs will not be allowed?

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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Gordon:

I thought I made it reasonably clear that this is a matter which has been under consideration for quite some time. Obviously, at least I think it is obvious, there are two sides to this matter. It is a very difficult dividing line. I think everybody knows there has been a tremendous expan-

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sion in potash mining in Saskatchewan, something which the Government has welcomed. This particular point is a difficult one and to do what has been suggested would create difficulties of another kind. After considerable consideration the Government came to the conclusion that the course it is taking is the right one.

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PC

Reynold Rapp

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Reynold Rapp (Humboldi-Melforf-Tis-dale):

I should like to ask a supplementary question. Has a presentation been made by Alwinsal Potash Mine, which is starting to sink a shaft at Lanigan?

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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Gordon:

I will be glad to look into that.

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LABOUR RELATIONS

MARITIME UNION TRUSTEES-REPRESENTATIONS BY UNIONS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay Wesl):

should like to address a question to the Minister of Labour. Can the Minister inform the House when he expects the Industrial Relations Committee to commence its hearings; and when it does, will the opposition to the present S.I.U. regime have an opportunity to present their evidence?

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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachen (Minister of Labour):

As the House knows there is a resolution on the Order Paper proposing the restructuring of committees. I would hope, following that restructuring, it would be possible to have the estimates of the Department of Labour sent to a committee and dealt with in any way that committee would wish.

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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon):

As a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker, has the Minister given any consideration to the terms of reference of that committee? Will they be the same as they were when the matter was before the committee in the first instance?

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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Mr. Speaker, without

making a final conclusion it seems to me that the procedure would be to send the estimates of the Department of Labour to a new, reconstructed committee, and the committee would deal with the estimates in the way it decided.

May 13, 1965

Inquiries of the Ministry

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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nielsen:

As a further supplementary question, Mr. Speaker, is it the intention of the Government to resubmit to the committee an examination of the Maritime Trustees?

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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

No such decision has been taken as yet, Mr. Speaker.

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May 13, 1965