May 7, 1926

REPORT PRESENTED


First report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce.-Mr. Malcolm. CHANGES IN THE BUDGET On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Budget Changes

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.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Now that the minister

has delivered himself of his speech, will he revert to the question I put to him: Whatever the changes are, describe them as he may choose, will they be announced before the budget debate is closed or will they not?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Perhaps my right hon. friend

will renew that question on Monday.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Then there will be no

announcement on Monday of changes? If I may assume that, I am quite prepared-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I will try to keep in as

good order as hon. gentlemen opposite. I am prepared to adopt the suggestion of the minister if he will guarantee that there will be no changes announced on Monday.

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LIB
CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will the minister not

say?

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The right hon.

gentleman is entitled to put that question when the orders of the day are called. I would ask the House to maintain decorum.

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LIB
CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The minister asked me

to wait until Monday to renew my question. I ask him in return, if when I do that he will say that he will not announce changes on Monday. If he is going to announce changes on Monday, I would look rather foolish putting my question again touching such changes.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I will make no announcement

of any changes on Monday until I have listened to my right hon. friend. At least I will go that far with him.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will my hon. friend not answer me frankly? I asked him if he proposed to make any changes whether he would announce them before the budget debate is closed. This question he asked me to defer until Monday. Now I ask him again: Will

he defer the announcement of those changes past Monday? Surely it is a fair question.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

What is the point?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

My point is this, Mr. Speaker: I want to know in advance whether or not the minister is going to make any changes. I feel that the party which I represent has a right to know, and I will not know in advance if the minister makes changes on Monday with no previous intimation. I am asking him to make that intimation now; he refuses and asks me to wait until Monday. In order that I may be advised now, I again ask him to undertake that there will be no changes announced on Monday, otherwise I will not have any notice in advance.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

On the routine proceedings?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Or on the orders of the day, at the opening of the budget debate, or at any time on Monday.

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May 7, 1926