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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHMIDGE Saturday, January I, 1972 Tax column Six provinces set tax precedent By I. H. ASPER There exists today in six of Canada's provinces a tax situ- ation without precedent. A set of complex tax laws are in op- eration, extracting their levy from the public, but no one knows exactly what the law is. nor can it be discovered. In fact these laws haven't even been written, much less passed by any Legislature. This phenomenal and odious situation came into existence on December 29 when Saskatchew- an, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia formed a dubious fiscal alli- ance to announce they would each enact sometime in 1972 a uniform gift tax and Succession Duty system, retroactive to January 1. The effect of this is to make that which is legal today, ille- gal tomorrow, but effective as of yesterday. So much for de- mocracy, the rule of law and other symbols of an enlightened society. The six historical "losers" in Confederation, have by their action discredited themselves. Retroactive legislation, par- ticularly in the tax field, is never fair unless it is to relate and not impose taxes. EXCUSE NONSENSE The excuse they offer is that they could not disclose their death and gift tax system until Ottawa passed Bill C-259, the new Income Tax Act, abolished federal gift rxd es- tate taxes. Absolute nonsense. The federal bill and1 its inten- tions were fully disclosed over six months ago. Finance min- ister Benso nmade it clear to the Federal Provincial Fin- ance Ministers' Conference on November 1 that there would be no delays. The provinces could have convened their legislatures any time between June 18, the day the federal plan to abandon death and gift taxes was re- vealed formally, and Dec. 31, 1B71 to pass whatever legisla- tion they wanted. They could teve then held up proclamation at the new tax laws until the Federal Bill was passed. Now they abuse the legisla- tive process, further tarnish the profession of politics, and create even wider-spread tax- payer demoralization by say- ing, in effect, that because of their failure to act in time. they will cure their mistake by, sometime this spring, passing laws which will take effect from the first of last year. This is not a political issue, It is a moral question that goes to the root of the democratic institution. It should transcend political lines for it is a prece- dent of ugly proportion. Nor is it an issue which is likely to cause political damage to its authors. It does not directly af- fect the majority. But the principle Is nonethe- less offensive. It makes it valid for a government to pass a law today, for example, retroactive- ly increasing license fees, or sales tax, or imposing a criminal sentence for that which was perfectly legal yesterday. It is of no meaning to suggest that the offense against morali- ty is lessened because the governments involved have declared their "intentions" in advance. Governments often do that, but change their mind after legislative debate, or fall before the intention is imple- mented. For example, in 19C9 the Manitoba Conservative gov- ernment introduced and gave first reading to a 3ill to abolish estate taxes in Manitoba. The government had a majority and everyone knew the Bill would pass. Except for the unexpect- ed. The government called an election in mid-session, was de- feated, and its successor, the NDP predictably abandoned the Bill. Does anyone know who speaks for Newfoundland? It is the S'mallwooct administration which has committed itself to the Succession Duty Compact with the Six. But it may be a Moores government which must enact it, and retroactively to boot. There is a valid question as to the constitutionality of retro- active tax legislation end un- doubtedly if the six provinces proceed, they will face a court Magrath man struck by car A Magrath mac remained In serious condition this morning in Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital after he was struck by a car in Lethbridge at about 1 a.m. today. Police report Ron Abbott, 35, was struck by a car driven by Albert Flesschauer of Shaugh- nessy in a lane between 4th and 5th St. S. A police spokesman said lit- tle information about the acci- dent is available. Include B.C. in council Getty urges REGINA (CP) Premier Allan Blakeney said here he can see merit in the suggestion that the Prairie Economic council be expanded to include British Columbia. The suggestion was made earlier UBS week by Don Getty, minister of inter govern- ment affairs in Albeta. He said the council, made up of the premiers of Alberta, Saskatch- ewan and Manitoba, should be changed to the "western eco- nomic council" and include the iremier of B.C. Mr. Blakeney said that while there are more matters of com- mon interest to the three prai- rie provinces than to the four w e s t ern governments, there are a number of topics on which there could be a totally western approach. Nsxt meeting of the council is here Thursday and while ex pansion is not officially on the agenda, Mr. Blakeney said may be considered. CONESTOGA MOTOR HOME 1502 2nd AVE. S. by LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. McDONELL MANUFACTURING THE MOST COMPACT MOTOR HOME ON THE MARKET TODAY. 22 and 24 ft. capacity Motor Homes with twin or double beds THE smoothest riding Motor Home made today THE Home with the least noise Insida while travelling THE only Motor Home available today with the riding quality of a large automobile THE Manner of construction of the 22 ft. capacity motor Home with recessed bumpors is the only Motor Home known today with twin gaucho beds and gaucho dinette that can be lawfully parked at a parking meter of any city THIS Motor Home has more upper cupboard and stor- age spaco than most other mokos CALL at our factory and see for yourself, check the construction and moke comparisons test. But that's not the issue. The issue is cynicism and the sickening abuse of power. Ret- roactive taxation cannot ever be justified. Federal Finance Ministers have tried It in the past and withdrawn for cover in the face of angry protest. Perhaps some of the six pro- vincial governments will disas- sociate themselves from this distasteful venture before the stain becomes indelible, but if this is to have any meaning, it must be done NOW a last minute repreive is meaningless, because people will already have acted on the assumption that the deed will be done. Some provincial pob'ticians in- volved in this debacle may try to dismiss the criticism as spe- cial pleading an attempt to take advantage of a tax vac- uum. While any such scurillous politicking may be momentarily popular, anyone who suggests it is either misguided or an un- principled1 opportunist. The prin- ciple is clear and unmistak- able: there can never, repeat never, be any justification for retroactive taxation. In the meantime, Alberta's Premier Lougheed, who seems destined for greater who has declared Alberta an estate tax haven, is Ontario's Bill Davis, who has Indicated a five year phase-out of death taxes, is smiling broad- ly. And the greaf :s where Edgar J. Benson stands on this fiscal outrage: ti.ii use the Federal constitutional power to disallow the retroac- tive provincial legislation, or he can countenance and tacitly approve it by agreeing to ad- minister it for the offending provinces. More on this in a subsequent commentary. (Mr. Asper is a Winnipeg lawyer.) 'PEEWEE'S1 POISE-French-Conodian clown Jean Paul Boyvin, who calls himself balances on a car up on two wheels in Hollywood Aulo Daredevils ihow in Free- monlle, Australia, its one way of hitching a lift to work, but Boyvin says it only works if you have a good sense of an excellent driver. Thomson says Go to Asia TORONTO (CP) Lordlnomlc development In the Thomson of Fleet, who re-JAsian countries." turned recently from an Asian "I am certain I could bdld told tour, recently the that Empire Club "were I 25 years younger I go to Asia and make my headquar- ters there." The newspaper and radio magnate, whose Thomson Or ganization is based here, told 500 luncheon guests that "dur- ing the next few years we arc going to witness a .tremendous and sustain a vast business empire. There is no limit to the business opportunities in Asia." Lord Thomson, who owns more than 180 newspapers and radio stations around the world, said in an Interview later that "opportunities in Asia are not to news- upsurge In financial and eco papers only." LETHBRIDGE CONCRETE PROD. LTD. P.O. BOX 667 _ LETHBRIDCE TELEPHONE 328-9251 TRANSIT MIX CONCRETE LIGHTWEIGHT AND CONCRETE BLOCK SANDS AND GRAVELS SHALE 75c CD. YD. SI SIMPSONS-SEARS WAREHOUSE HELD OVER TILL MONDAY Men's Dress Shirts Reg. Perma Prest, Tone on Tone stripes. 2 button cuff or French cuff. Bold stripes and Pin stripes. to 17. Men'i FumllMngt Ironstone Dinnerware 24-99 65-piece pattern with ser- vice for 12. Highly chip resisranr, dish- washer safe. 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