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.
Topic: EXCISE TAX ACT AMENDMENT