April 27, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)

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John Ewen Sinclair

Mr. Sinclair:

Well, Mr. Chairman, I am forcibly reminded of the debate in this connection last year. At that time the hon. member for Melfort, who is sitting right in front of the hon. gentleman, raised the same point. I told him then our calculation showed that the saving would be about one-sixth of a cent on an ice cream cone and one cent on a brick. As I recall it, the response to that observation, particularly by members coming from Quebec ridings, was that that was all right, because it would be the primary producer who would pick up that extra saving. Obviously it is impossible for the retailer to pass on a saving of one-sixth of a cent, but it does make his ice cream a little more attractive to sell in competition with other goods a child might normally buy with his five cent piece. As far as the saving on ice cream bricks is concerned, I believe in some localities the saving of one cent has been passed on. Once again, however, I do not think the intent here was to aid either the child or the retailer. The plea I heard last year was for aid to the dairy farmer, who had been hard hit by the sale of margarine.

Topic:   EXCISE TAX ACT AMENDMENT
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