June 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

I remember the circumstance. Prior to the time that the hon. gentleman mentions, goods imported by the Crown came in free. But the trouble there was that some people were importing goods, such as American goods, and adding the duties, and there was the possibility of irregularities occurring. At that time the Government decided that in future duties must be collected on all goods whether imported by the Crown or not, and they simply notified the Customs and all other departments that they were to collect these duties in future. Although that order was given there was no Act on the statute book stating that the Crown must pay duty. -Mr. PUGSLEY: What has emphasized
the necessity for this?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS ACT AMENDMENT.
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