May 8, 1952

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Righi Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

I am not in a position to answer the question, other than to say that arrangements are being made to handle meat which I think will turn out to be satisfactory.

Topic:   BEEF AND PORK
Subtopic:   SURPLUS OF GOVERNMENT PURCHASED STOCKS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED GIFT TO GREAT BRITAIN
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FUR SEALS

DISTRIBUTION OF CATCH'


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. R. W. Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries):

On April 8 the hon. member for Queens (Mr. McLure) asked the following question:

Is consideration being given to Japan's claim to the restoration of that country's share in the Alaska fur seal catch and treaty? If so, to what extent will this affect the proportion of the skins that Canada now receives, and has the United States government been acquainted with the matter?

I understand that Japan has expressed its hopes to the United States government that

Inquiries of the Ministry negotiations for a new pelagic fur sealing treaty might be initiated at the earliest possible date. Preliminary to considering the Japanese request, the United States government has organized a scientific investigation for the purpose of obtaining scientific data concerning the distribution, migration and feeding habits of the fur seals of the north Pacific ocean, which might be useful in the formulation of a fur seal treaty. Two Canadian scientists have been assigned to participate in the investigations, which are now in progress.

Topic:   FUR SEALS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF CATCH'
Sub-subtopic:   RESTORATION OF JAPANESE SHARE
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NATURAL GAS

QUESTION AS TO EXCHANGE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Carl O. Nickle (Calgary West):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Has the government negotiated with, or is it now prepared to initiate negotiations with, the United States government in order to determine whether or not a large-scale long-term firm agreement is feasible for exchange of natural gas between Canada and the United States?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO EXCHANGE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think this is a question that should be placed on the order paper. May I again remind hon. members that questions asked on the orders of the day should be for the purpose of securing information and should state only such facts as may be necessary to make the question intelligible.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO EXCHANGE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES
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WAYS AND MEANS


The house in committee of ways and means, Mr. Beaudoin in the chair.


EXCISE TAX ACT


Resolved, that it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Excise Tax Act and to provide: 1. That the excise tax on goods enumerated in schedule I of the act that are at present subject to the rate of twenty-five per cent be reduced to fifteen per cent. 2. That the excise tax on furs and articles manufactured of fur be reduced from twenty-five per cent to fifteen per cent. 3. That the excise tax on soft drinks be reduced from thirty per cent to fifteen per cent and that there be assessed, levied and collected an excise tax of fifteen per cent on preparations for household use in making soft drinks. 4. That the excise tax on stoves, washing machines and refrigerators be repealed. 5. That the excise tax on carbonic acid gas be reduced from fifty cents to twenty-five cents per pound. 6. That the excise tax on cigarettes be reduced1 from two and three-quarter cents to two cents for each five or fraction of five cigarettes contained in each package.



Excise Tax Act 7. That the excise tax on manufactured tobacco be changed from five cents per ounce or fraction of an ounce to eighty cents per pound. 8. That the excise tax on Canadian raw leaf tobacco be reduced from one and one-quarter cents per ounce or fraction of an ounce to eight cents per pound. 9. That the sales tax on the following goods be repealed: (a) drinks prepared from milk or eggs; (b) preserved fruits; (c) cooking oils and salad oils but not including mayonnaise or salad dressing; (d) baling wire for baling farm produce; (e) steel pens for farm animals; (f) preservatives for use exclusively in treating nets, ropes and lines used in the fishing industry; (g) clays and earth for use exclusively as filtering materials in the refining of petroleum oils; (h) goods enumerated in customs tariff items 411a, 437. 476b. 10. That any enactment founded upon this resolution be deemed to have come into force on the ninth day of April nineteen hundred and fifty-two.


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

The parliamentary assistant will know that it is in no personal sense that I begin by asking whether we are to deal with these resolutions without the benefit of the minister. We have raised that question before, and I raise it again now.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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An hon. Member:

Louder.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

I am asking whether we are to deal with these resolutions without the benefit of the minister.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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An hon. Member:

Don't you think the parliamentary assistant is qualified?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

I take it the answer is yes. First of all I should like to ask whether it is proposed to deal with these proposals seriatim or whether the whole is to be regarded as one resolution.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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May 8, 1952