Richard Smeaton WHITE

WHITE, The Hon. Richard Smeaton, D.C.L.

Parliamentary Career

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March 19, 1936

Mr. WHITE:

I am glad to approve the

policy that has been adopted by the present Minister of National Revenue of closing the smaller and relatively expensive ports of Canada. We have just been told that the number of customs ports in the United States is very little more than half the number in Canada, notwithstanding the enormously greater business of the neighbouring country. There is also this fact to remember, that in the United States the customs ports are frontier ports, whereas in Canada we have a large number of inland ports.

Neither party can escape responsibility for the condition that has grown up in this country. Local pressure upon members has led to the creation of a large number of small ports throughout Canada. That we know to be a matter of fact. The purpose has been a play to local pride, in a measure, and also to provide positions for political friends as collectors or subcollectors at such small ports, but the expenditure in the aggregate is large. When we are

asked to turn to the revenue side it must be remembered that when you close up a port you do not lose any public revenue; that revenue is collected at some other port. From the standpoint of administration it is obvious that administration of customs laws, the tariff and the regulations will be much more uniform and effectual if the administration is in the hands of trained and experienced officials such as are to be found in the larger ports, and such as, in the very nature of things one cannot have in the smaller ones.

I approve the policy of closing, as speedily as conditions permit, the smaller ports. The revenue will not suffer, nor, I venture to say, will any great inconvenience be occasioned to merchants or, for that matter, to manufacturers in such small towns in which ports may be closed. In the United States they manage to get along very well, apparently, with frontier ports only. In passing goods through the customs apparently there would be no difficulty in having agents in large ports like Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and so on, to conduct the business expeditiously and satisfactorily for the consignees.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL REVENUE
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April 30, 1931

The ACTING CHAIRMAN (Mr. White, London):

When the committee rose we were considering the resolution with regard to the Ontario public buildings.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
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March 29, 1926

Mr. WHITE (Mount Royal) (for Mr. Foster):

For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams affidavits, reports, communications and documents oi all kinds passing between the Canadian Minneapolis Electric Company, Limited, and the Honourable the Secretary of State or any officer of the Department of the Secretary of State or any other departments of the government or any officers of any other departments of the government between the 11th of November, 1919, and the present time, regarding a change of name from the Electric Machinery Company, Limited, to the H. G. Stewart Machinery Company, Limited. Also a return showing the names of all Directors of Canadian Minneapolis Electric Company, Limited.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
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March 29, 1926

Mr. WHITE (Mount Royal) (for Mr. Foster):

For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams, affidavits, reports, communications and documents of all kinds passing between Canadian Minneapolis Electric Company, Limited (subsidiary of Electric Machinery Manufacturing Company, Minneapolis), and the Honourable the Secretary of State or any officer of the Department of the Secretary of State or any other departments of the government or any officers of any other departments of the government between the 11th of November, 1919, and the present time, regarding a change of name from the Electric Machinery Company, Limited, to the H. G. Stewart Machinery Company, Limited.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
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March 29, 1926

Mr. WHITE (Mount Royal) (for Mr. Foster):

For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams, affidavits, reports, communications and documents of all kinds passing between E. W. Bachus and Bachus-Brooks Company and the Honourable the Secretary of State or any officer of the Department of the Secretary of State or any other departments of the government or any officers of any other departments of the government between the 11th of November, 1919, and the present time, regarding a change of name from the Electric Machinery Company, Limited, to the H. G. Stewart Machinery Company, Limited.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
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