I cannot speak from technical legal knowledge; but the Government's object in this is to establish a new department, called the Department of National Defence. The establishment of that new department, as I understand the matter, could not be made by Order in Council. It is true, as the right hon. gentleman (Mr. Meighen) says, there is a provision by which you can send departments or portions of departments from one department to another; but in this instance we are doing more than that, we are establishing a new department and making provision that this department shall include the Departments of Naval Service, Aviation and Militia. It will not continue to be a Militia Department; it will be a department of a broader scope, called National Defence. This bill changes the title of the minister, and there is another amendment which has been introduced which will enable the minister to be paid under this new arrangement. While many of the things that were in this bill in the first place could have been done by Order in Council, it was the desire of the Government that it should be made clear that what we were doing was by statute and to make the rearrangement of this department statutory. The Senate has made some changes; but it has not changed the important features of the bill, and the amendments that they have made will not prevent the minister from carrying out, by Order in Council, what he intended to do by statute. But I maintain that the bill is necessary if practically a new department is to be established.
Subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE