John Livingstone BROWN

BROWN, John Livingstone

Personal Data

Party
Liberal Progressive
Constituency
Lisgar (Manitoba)
Birth Date
February 7, 1867
Deceased Date
March 20, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Livingstone_Brown
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b1d5c682-1934-44e3-8c98-235be860bb63&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, minister

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Lisgar (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Lisgar (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
LIB-PRO
  Lisgar (Manitoba)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB-PRO
  Lisgar (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 362)


June 3, 1935

Mr. BROWN:

Two years ago the government was anxious to pass a bill respecting lake shipping. If the matter was so important two years ago it would seem strange that up to the present time the act has not become effective.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MARINE
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June 3, 1935

Mr. J. L. BROWN (Lisgar):

I might take this opportunity of bringing to the attention of the government certain complaints that have come to me. I had hoped that either the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Matthews) or the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes) would be present when I took this matter up, but since we hope that we are approching the end of the session, and as a fitting opportunity might not arise again, I will discuss it now. The question has reference to certain rulings of the Department of National Revenue in regard to the collection of duties. One complaint comes from Prince Rupert, and it seems to be that the Department of National Revenue is imposing a dumping duty upon certain fishermen's sup-

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Fishermen's Supplies-Mr. Brown

plies which under the Customs Act are supposed to come in free. It would seem to be a violation of the intent of the law that a dumping duty should be imposed upon these fishermen's goods which are coming in free.

Topic:   DUTIES ON FISHERMEN'S SUPPLIES AND REPAIR PARTS FOR IMPLEMENTS-STATEMENT OF MR. BROWN
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June 3, 1935

Mr. BROWN:

The particular complaint is, I think, with respect to goods coming from Norway, judging from the tenor of the letter. They are certain ropes, nets and fishermen's supplies.

Topic:   DUTIES ON FISHERMEN'S SUPPLIES AND REPAIR PARTS FOR IMPLEMENTS-STATEMENT OF MR. BROWN
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June 3, 1935

Mr. BROWN:

Another complaint is in regard to repair parts for implements. It will be recalled that some time ago we had a complaint against the Department of National Revenue with respect to the way in which repair parts were being taxed. We did secure from the minister the insertion in the Customs Act of a schedule fixing the duties on repair parts for implements at the same percentage as had formerly been levied before the tariff was revised in 1930. Under item 409q, Nos. (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), the duties on repair parts are 10, 71, 6, 15, 171 per cent. These were the duties that prevailed not only on repair parts but on the implements themselves before the duty was raised to 25 per cent in the fall of 1930. There is one other implement, however, regarding which it seems that the Department of Customs has given a different ruling, and that is under section 409 -farm tractor parts for repairs. I am given to understand that the department has ruled that these repair parts are subject to various rates of duty. It will be remembered that farm tractors to the value of 81,400 come in free, and under the ruling of bulletin 3383, file 128273, one would expect that the repairs for tractors would also come in free. But according to the statement made these repair parts have been taxed as follows: bolts, nuts, washers, rivets, 25 per cent and 75 cents per hundred; lock washers, 35 per cent; screws, copper or brass, n.o.p., 35 and 30 per cent; tractor gaskets, 20 per cent; cork gaskets, 32 per cent; asbestos, 25 per cent; paper, 35 per cent.

There seems to have been some confusion as to what constitutes a repair part. I do not see why there should have been any misunderstanding on that point. A repair part might be even a bolt or it might be connected with some other part but in either case the article would constitute a complete repair part. File No. 128273, dated November 12, 1927, reads:

Declares that any article which constitutes a part of a part providing it requires no further fabrication and is not adapted for any other use is entitled to entry as a complete part.

I would like the responsible minister to look into this matter and see that these repair parts are admitted under the terms that seem to have been the clear intent as set forth in the law and that the departmental officials will not be allowed to override the clear intent of the law and impose higher duties on these parts.

Topic:   DUTIES ON FISHERMEN'S SUPPLIES AND REPAIR PARTS FOR IMPLEMENTS-STATEMENT OF MR. BROWN
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May 20, 1935

Mr. J. L. BROWN (Lisgar):

Mr. Speaker, on the Tuesday evening before the house adjourned I made a statement in connection with the chairman of a Senate committee; I accused that hon. gentleman of casting reflections upon the private bills committee of this house. It may be that he was misre-ported, or that I had misinterpreted the report of his remarks, but I have received a letter from the hon. gentleman assuring me that he intended to cast no reflection upon the committee of this house. I accept his assurance and I gladly withdraw the statement I made.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. BROWN
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