May 14, 1919

UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

If lion, members want this item to stand we can strike it out and pass the Bill without it.

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Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

I have not seen the page of the Auditor General's Report, but is not this the explanation? I presume, where an appropriation is for a particular item, even although it may not he all expended, the Auditor General has no authority to pay excess expenditure on any item out of an item on which there is an excess. I should presume the items represent the aggregate of the item in which the expenditure was in excess of the estimate.

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UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

We cannot introduce the Bill to give effect to this estimate until all the items are through, and we want, when His Excellency the Governor General comes down within the next two or three days to assent, to have this Bill ready for assent.

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Thomas Vien

Laurier Liberal

Mr. VIEN:

Will there be any possibility of coming back to the item at a later date if we pass it?

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John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

We can get from the Auditor General the whole details of this and a letter explaining the matter, and put it in Hansard to-morrow.

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UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

I have just had an opportunity of glancing at this, but the explanation appears on the face of the statement. It gives the different items in which the grant is exceeded.

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Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Will the minister look at the item pensions-grant exceeded, $62,475.31; grant not used, $2,764,135.97? The amount voted was $10,000,000, the amount expended $7,000,000, part of the grant not used, and then the Auditor General wants $62,475.31 more.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I think we have done very well this evening, and we shall get the report to-morrow and then pass the item.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I would let this item stand and pass the others and introduce the

Bill without this one. I would like to pass the Bill, because we may not go into Supply again to-morrow as we were going on with Bills.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

If the minister will bring an explanation from the Auditor General to-morrow, that is necessary.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I will put the whole details on Hansard to-morrow.

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John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I admit it requires explanation.

Resolutions reported, and concurred in.

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WAYS AND MEANS.


On motion of Hon. J. D. Reid the House went into Committee of Ways and Means, Mr. Boivin in the Chair. _ Hon. J. D. Reid moved: Resolved that towards making good the Supply granted to Hiis Majesty, on account of certain expenses of the public service for the financial year ending 31st March, 1919, the sum of $1S,827,098.72 be granted out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada, Resolution agreed to.-


SUPPLY BILL.

May 14, 1919