Hugh Murray SHAW

SHAW, Hugh Murray

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Macleod (Alberta)
Birth Date
November 13, 1876
Deceased Date
April 3, 1934
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Murray_Shaw
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4ce7129a-088b-449d-8eda-3e7f363b41fe&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, rancher

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Macleod (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 4)


April 27, 1950

Mr. Shaw:

Mr. Chairman, during our discussion on the sales tax last fall, I had occasion to make a rather strong plea for the remission of sales tax on machinery purchased by municipalities. As I pointed out on that occasion, that arrangement does exist under which the moneys paid in this way are remitted to the provincial governments. I suggested that the government might extend this same consideration to municipal governments. A partial explanation was given on that occasion, but I believe it was said that further consideration would be given to this matter.

Obviously, if consideration was given it had no particular bearing upon the attitude of the government because no concessions have been made in that direction. In my plea last fall I was supported by members from other parties within the house, in fact by members who had a good deal of municipal experience and who sit on the government benches. The association of rural municipalities in my own province unanimously

endorsed a resolution asking for favourable consideration of this matter. I rather fancy that the same action has been taken by municipal governments through their organizations in other provinces. No doubt the government has received representations in this respect, and I should like to ask the parliamentary assistant if he can give some justification for the decision which the government still persists in adopting in this connection.

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April 27, 1950

Mr. Shaw:

I for one support paragraph 3 in its reference to these institutions and the exemption from sales tax. I notice it refers to the aged, infirm or incapacitated persons. This brings to my mind an important matter which I have brought to the attention of this committee upon previous occasions. We have in Canada, for example, an organization known as the Red Cross which solicits funds and does excellent work for the unfortunate in cases of flood, fire, disaster and so on. After working hard to procure the money, from which it gets no personal benefit since it is used for the assistance of the unfortunate, the government jumps into the picture and grabs sales tax on many of the commodities which it purchases and gives to the unfortunate. I have often wondered what justification there could be for the government grabbing this slice.

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April 27, 1950

Mr. Shaw:

It is all a question of whether you kick a man hard or not so hard. There is a principle involved. While I appreciate the fact that many things are exempt, it is true that certain things still bear that sales tax. It was a matter of principle, not so much a matter of dollars. If there is such a small amount of money involved, there should be all the more reason for the government cutting the sales tax out there, because a moment ago the parliamentary assistant emphasized the necessity for procuring revenue as his reason for the government not giving favourable consideration to the other matters which I brought up a few moments ago. This was just a matter of principle.

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April 27, 1950

Mr. Shaw:

I suppose so.

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April 27, 1950

Mr. Shaw:

But this is a government.

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