Sir HENRY DRAYTON:
By a return tabled on February 28, 1923, it appears that goods purchased by the Canadian Government Railway Group (not for resale) were on December 2, 1922, ruled exempt from sales tax on or after May 24, 1922, such railway group comprising in all aome fourteen different railways. The ruling was retroactive and exempted purchases on or after May 24, 1922.
1. What was the amount of purchases made by said railway group between May 24 and December 2, 1922 in respect of which the ruling was made, and what was the amount of the sales tax payable thereon ?
2. What is the estimated amount of revenue lost by the department under this ruling?
3. Was the former practice under which the sales tax was collected on purchases by railways irrespective of ownership changed owing to alleged insufficiency in the statute or on other legal grounds or as a matter of government policy?
4. If owing to alleged insufficiency of the statute or other legal grounds is it the intention of the government to bring down further and remedial legislation?
Subtopic: CANADIAN GOVERNMENT RAILWAY GROUP-SALES TAX