§ 5. Major CARVER
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether his attention has been called to the fact that British commercial travellers who wish to operate in Toronto or Montreal must pay fees amounting to approximately £75 before they can do so; and whether he will represent to the Canadian Government the desirability of reducing these fees in the interests of inter-Empire trade?
Mr. J. H. THOMAS
I understand that under certain provincial statutes in Canada the municipal authorities have power to levy taxes ranging from $100 to $500 on commercial travellers of all nationalities, including Canadians, who either sell goods from stocks brought with them or who take retail orders for subsequent deliveries; but that these taxes are not leviable on commercial travellers, who exhibit samples to wholesale traders. 783 The representations of the hon. and gallant Member on this subject are being considered.