Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday
the Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) stated there would be no substantial changes in the budget. I do not think I am far astray in drawing the inference that there will be some
changes, about which there may be difference of view as to whether they are substantial or not. I will ask the minister now to say whether he intends to make the nature of those changes known to the House before the close of the budget debate.
Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance); Mr. Speaker, if there are such minor changes as it is necessary to submit to the House, surely that is always the procedure. But if the changes are only in minor details, such as are made in committee after listening to the arguments which I imagine my right hon. friend and others may make, I ask him: Is it necessary to present those before the budget is voted on? Let me tell my right hon. friend again that during this debate I have received many compliments from his followers and others as to the popularity of the budget; others have said it is an election budget. I can assure my right hon. friend that any changes which may be made will in no manner take away from its popularity.