June 19, 1952

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

I shall be in a position to answer questions, but I do not know that I shall be able to give a great deal of information in addition to what has already been furnished.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FIVE-DAY WEEK
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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT

AMENDMENT TO REVISE AND CONSOLIDATE, ETC.


The house resumed, from Wednesday, June 18, consideration in committee of Bill No. 337, respecting the Northwest Territories-Mr. Winters-Mr. Beaudoin in the chair. On section 41-Regulations respecting reindeer.


PC

Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Adamson:

Before this section carries, Mr. Chairman, I should like to say one word in connection with those who have been responsible for the policy of shifting reindeer. I should like to let the house know of the excellent work which was done, particularly by one Dr. Porsild, as well as many others in the department. They have moved these reindeer many thousands of miles over a period of many years. The movement of the herd will mean that the economy of the whole eastern Arctic, having regard to the Eskimos, may now be placed on a stable basis.

I could not allow this one clause to pass without paying tribute to the men who have been responsible for this work and particularly to Dr. Porsild, not only because he has done this work with regard to the reindeer but because his work with regard to the shifting of the caribou is also outstanding. When we have public servants of such outstanding merit as are the people who have done this job of pioneering in this territory, I think we in the House of Commons should commend them whenever possible.

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Section agreed to. Northwest Territories Act On section 42-Manufacture and importation of intoxicants.


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

Are the regulations with regard to the sale of liquor to Indians the same in these territories as they are in other parts of Canada?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

The same regulations in that connection prevail in the Northwest Territories as elsewhere in Canada.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

What about sale to the Eskimos?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

Sale to the Eskimos is prohibited.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

It is also prohibited?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

Yes.

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Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO REVISE AND CONSOLIDATE, ETC.
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Section agreed to. Sections 43 to 48 inclusive agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed1.



The house in committee of supply, Mr. Beaudoin in the chair.


DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES


141. Departmental administration, $294,900.


LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

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

Mr. Chairman, on Friday last the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo rose to speak just before the house adjourned, and it is his right to speak first this morning. However, I asked him if I might have the privilege of first answering the two hon. gentlemen who spoke on Friday, namely the hon. member for Skeena and the hon. member for St. John's West. The hon. member has kindly consented to allow me to do that. First, I should like to thank the hon. member for Skeena for his kind remarks with regard to the department. Su

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An hon. Member:

We cannot hear the minister.

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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. Mayhew:

Mr. Chairman, I think I can make myself heard if there is not too much other noise in the chamber.

As I was saying, I want to thank the hon. member for Skeena for his kind remarks with regard to the department. Such remarks are always appreciated. I sometimes think that our civil servants and officials, not only in this department but in others, do not get the encouragement they should. When you are in ordinary business, there are many ways of measuring the success or failure of your business. It can be done by noting the

Supply-Fisheries

sales of your product, your production in the factories or by your balance sheet. But in government operation we have many valuable servants, and there is little way in which you can measure their success unless it be by the occasional compliments which are paid to them. It is not often these compliments come to them. If business is good in the country generally, the industry itself takes credit for that situation, and the ministers will take the balance of the credit. But in many cases the credit is due to those behind the scenes. I felt that this should be on record as far as my department is concerned.

The hon. member for Skeena first raised the question about sales and excise tax on fishing gear used in commercial fishing. I have been looking into that matter. In the immediate post-war years it was the policy of the government to encourage production

as much as possible by removing the sales tax, the excise tax and duty, as was done with regard to agricultural implements and in many other fields of production. At the same time they removed these duties and taxes on many commodities for fishermen as well. I have here a fairly lengthy list of articles on which these taxes have been removed. If I have the consent of the house I will place this list on Hansard without taking the time to read it. I might also say that the secretary-manager of the fisheries council of Canada, in co-operation with members of our own economics branch is giving further study to this matter, to see whether there are any other items in addition to those on this list on which these same taxes might be removed. I think that probably answers the first question.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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ARTICLES USED BY COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WHICH ARE NOT DUTIABLE UNDER THE BRITISH PREFERENTIAL OR M.F.N. TARIFF AND WHICH ARE EXEMPT FROM SALES TAX

June 19, 1952