Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution:
That it is expedient to bring in a measure for the appointment of a tariff board, to prescribe the constitution, functions and duties of the board, and to provide for the salaries to be paid the members, officers and employees of the board.
He said: Mr. Speaker, this resolution is antecedent to the introduction of a bill which will provide for the creation of a tariff board- by statute and not by order in council-to exercise the functions mentioned in the bill. This board will be comprised of three members. It will be a court of record, and in addition to carrying on the duties of a tariff board it will exercise certain powers which are now exercised by the officers of the Department of National Revenue as well as by officers under the combines act.
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING
(Leader of the Opposition): Mr. Speaker, I do not wish to discuss this matter at any length at the moment, but I would point out to my right hon. friend that so far as the
existence of a tariff board is concerned, its constitution, personnel and the provisions for carrying on its several functions were in existence at the time my right hon. friend came into office. This legislation becomes necessary solely by virtue of the fact, that he abolished the then existing board and now introduces a bill to create another board. The Prime Minister stated that the previous board had been appointed under an order in council. That is perfectly true but-