December 4, 1940 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I am not so sure about that. My reading is that a very

wide discretion is left in the hands of the Minister of National Revenue. That means, in his officers. They may or may not move. I do not for a moment suggest that the minister should have the duty and obligation of making examinations himself because he must rely on his officials. Many a time they have been asked to move, and many a time they have failed to move, but sometimes they have moved.
I shall not deal with that further except to suggest to the minister that we might very well in this house settle the principle upon which this action is to be based. I hope that, war or no war, the time will never come when Canada will allow these salacious magazines to appear again on the bookstalls of this country. I am thinking of generations yet to come.
There is another thought. When I heard the minister's explanation of his budget proposals I wondered what steps had been taken and what avenues had been explored by the ministry to increase the flow of our exports into the neighbouring republic. From our point of view that would be, I suggest, the ideal method of correcting the exchange position between the two countries. I referred to that when I spoke in the house on the 12th of November. It is astounding to me that a little nation of twelve million people should buy at least twentydive times more per capita from the United States than they buy per capita from us.

Topic:   WAR BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON PROPOSALS OF MINISTER OF FINANCE FOR CONSERVATION OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE
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