April 21, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

If we were to enter into an extensive system of subsidies such as my hon. friend is advocating, we should have to keep our taxation very high and it would not be on the high-income people alone. There are not enough of them. We should have to go right down into the low-income group. What fails to impress me about the attitude of my hon. friend right now, and the attitude of those around him, is that I have no confidence whatever in their willingness to support this or any other government in the kind of drastic taxation which would be necessary to carry out that subsidy policy.

Topic:   UTISE) COITION
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