May 2, 1921

BUSINESS OP THE HOUSE-SATURDAY SITTINGS

UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker I beg to move the motion of which I gave notice on Friday:

That on and alter Saturday, the 7th May next, until the end of the present session, the House shall sit on Saturdays, and that the order of business on Saturday shall be the same as on Friday.

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UNI L
?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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UNI L

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CRERAR:

There are quite a number of committees working, and I myself am on one or two. If we can get another week or so to enable the committees to get along with their work, I think the business cf the House will be expedited as rapidly as if this motion carries.

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not think that

Saturday sittings will interfere with the work of the committees. They sit only in the forenoon as a rule, and rarely on Saturday. Even should there be a Saturday sitting of a committee, it would be in the forenoon and not in the afternoon.

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UNI L

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CRERAR:

I have a lot of other work to do.

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Yes, and I purpose to stay home pretty steadily myself.

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UNI L

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CRERAR:

I am glad to hear that statement.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Is it not somewhat unusual to take this step before the Budget is brought down? Perhaps the Prime Minister could give us some assurance to-day as to when we may expect the Budget?

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not think that this is very unusual; but I may say to my hon. friend that we expect the Budget to be brought down at the end of this week, or the beginning of next.

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L LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

If the House sits next Saturday, will the Government consent to allow Public Bills and Orders to be taken up on that day? Every other day is occupied by Government measures, and there are a number of Public Bills of considerable importance, the promoters of which, if this motion is carried, will not be afforded an opportunity of proceeding with them, this session.

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I shall be glad to confer with my hon. friend and will meet him in any way possible, for this Saturday, at any rate. I do not know what Bills he has in mind.

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L LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

I have one particular Bill in mind, and I am sorry it will be

absolutely impossible for me to be here next Saturday. Perhaps the Prime Minister might agree to the following Saturday?

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Saturday following,

then.

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Motion agreed to.


INCOME TAX ACT CONSOLIDATION


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Jean-Joseph Denis

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. J. DENIS (Joliette) :

The Income Tax Act having been modified every year now for three or four years, and having become difficult of application, may 1 emphasize the importance of the Government's proceeding with the Bill which' now stands on the Order Paper in the name of the Minister of Finance (Sir Henry Drayton) to consolidate the Income Tax Act?

I think it is of considerable importance that this Bill be passed at this session in order chat it may be applied as soon as possible.

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister):

I recognize the force of the hon. gentleman's representation. The Minister of Finance, I believe, intends to go on with this measure, and personally I feel that it is of the importance which the hon. member ascribes to it. The Minister of Finance has been urged pretty strongly to introduce his Budget as soon as possible; otherwise he would have been ready by this time to proceed with this Bill.

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May 2, 1921