If the minister will permit a further suggestion, we have, as a regular process in government circles of dealing with just this sort of thing, the salvage department. The minister will not take amiss what I am going to say. Let us just take his illustration. Here is an irrigation project finished up; there are a couple of tractors, maybe a truck or two, power scrapers and so on. Many of these projects run into large sums of money, $70,000, $80,000, $100,000 or more; they are quite substantial works. That machinery is valuable: If the matter were
wide open, there would be a temptation to let some of that machinery go locally at sacrifice prices. We have the salvage branch, and the governor in council has power under the original act to make regulations. It keeps the wrhole thing working in an orderly way in harmony with good practice in government circles. If that course is departed from, whether by the present minister or future ministers, they are going to be clothed with an authority which I do not think exists in any other .department, or if it does it should not. It is bad legislation, and I say that not in any criticism of the present minister. I urge him to accept the suggestion I made.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO EXTEND PERIOD OP OPERATION OF ACT, ETC.