Robert FORKE

FORKE, The Hon. Robert, P.C.

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - September 24, 1926
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
November 2, 1926 - December 29, 1929
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (September 25, 1926 - December 29, 1929)
December 30, 1929 - May 30, 1930
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 593)


June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

After I got inside one of my first resolutions was to clean up this taxation problem if possible. I realize the injustice which the municipalities are suffering, and I think I -have made a fairly satisfactory arrangement. I notice that at the last convention of the Saskatchewan association the president said:

In viewing the situation during the past year we find there has been a wonderful improvement in the payment of taxes on soldier settlement board lands, a fact for which we acknowledge our appreciation. The present policy outlined by the board is that all 1927 taxes on purchased patented lands acquired by the board where settlers are in possession were to be paid during 1928 with 6 per cent simple interest. Taxes on this class o-f lands after that date will be paid before due date, if possible, but in case arrears occur statutory penalties will be paid. The board are paying the taxes on abandoned lands leased to civilians where the amount of revenue is sufficient bo pay taxes in full. Where the revenue received is insufficient, the board will apply amount received on the taxes.

I direct this to the attention of hon. members :

The board are also paying taxes on crown lands that have been acquired by the board where the settler has remained in possession continuously. If this policy is adhered to in its entirety, there should be no more question about payments of penalties in the future.

The secretary-treasurer reported to the convention :

Supply-Soldier Land Settlement

Once again your executive have found it necessary to devote their time and attention to this problem, but we are pleased to report that conditions regarding the standing of arrears of taxes on S.S.B. lauds are vastly improved from what they were one year ago. In so far as those lands, which before being acquired by the board, were fully patented and tax paying, and which are still occupied, are concerned, we believe that our difficulties are nearing an end. from the reports which we have received it would appear that the board have paid on behalf of the soldier settler during the calendar year 1928, the sum of $333,374.34-

I hope the member for Argemteuil is listening, because this accounts for a large part of the advances.

-to the municipalities of the province. We are further informed that arrangements are now being made for the payment of arrears of taxes on every parcel of land coming under this classification.

The only point of difference between the board and municipalities is in regard to lands that have reverted to the crown. No attempt is being made to hold those lands, they are placed on the market and sold as rapidly as possible, and will not long be a factor in the tax problem. It must be borne in mind that this is one of the most difficult problems, the government having been in possession of so much land, and it will continue until the final payments have been made by soldier or civil purchasers. The taxes will be a first charge on the crop and on the land, so that the municipalities have not much to complain of in that regard.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

Yes. The taxation question has been a very difficult one. The hon. member will perhaps recall that some years ago when this question first came up I viewed it from that comer of the house as one on the outside.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

Some of those questions are

going to be pretty difficult to answer until the whole thing is wound up. I understand the hon. member's point of view; it is that in some cases the payments may be just as great in the future as they were in the past.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

The $5,000,000 includes

principal and interest, and of that amount $3,791,533 has been paid this year to May 31.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

The information I have is

that the initial payments amounted to $6,245,505; the repayments of principal amounted to $20,934,029; the repayments of interest amounted to $12,271,395; making total payments of $39,450,930, leaving a balance due of $73,100,111.

"Mr. SPEAKMAN: The percentage of the total amount due which has been paid is shown for each year, but I want to get the aggregate amount.

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