March 1, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)


John William Bell


A little while ago,
before all this discussion on jute twine began,
I asked the minister certain questions about signs at the boundary line; I am speaking particularly of the prairies. Following the remarks made by the last speaker, I think it might be well to bring this matter to the minister's attention. The main highway out there, one of the graded highways running out of Saskatchewan and going south right through into the United States, in fact one of the best highways we have, is No. 4 highway, Saskatchewan. A gentleman in that district went across the line on business and came back with certain goods. He looked and inquired for a customs office, but he could not find out where it was, and he saw no signs on the road. He went out of the country not knowing he had to report; he reported at the United States customs office just across the line and inquired there on his way back where he would find a customs office on the Canadian side. He could not find out there, and he came into Canada again. In his letter he tells me that in addition to having to pay duty, sales tax and so forth on the goods he had purchased, he was also assessed $50 as a penalty for not reporting going both ways, although he informs me there is not a sign anywhere that he could see directing this to be done or
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indicating where to do it. What I want to bring to the attention of the minister is that on those well travelled main highways at least there should be signs indicating where there is an office at which a man can report.

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