Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
resolutions respecting the Excise Act need not take very long, but I think the minister should give the committee some explanation in regard to them. Perhaps he will put on the record the previous rates, the receipts by years over a period of years, and the revenue anticipated in the coming year. I should like the same detail with respect to malt and spirits.
While I am on the subject of spirits I would ask the minister to make plain just what the taxes on spirits are in Canada-customs, excise and what-not-so that the public may understand just how much of the purchase price of a bottle of whisky goes to the government. There is a substantial opinion in the country -it has reached me from every section of Canada-that the government in raising money by taxation should have resorted to further taxes on spirits, and in justice to the government itself I think the position should be made quite clear. Has the taxation on spirits reached such a point that it is thought that the law of diminishing returns may 'be in effect? I have an open mind on this question, but I do know that there is a substantial body of public opinion
no doubt it has been expressed to the minister-which objects to the government's not having increased the tax on spirits. There may be a good reason for it, but the whole position should be clarified.