June 1, 1939

LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East) moved:

Resolved, that towards making good the supply granted to his majesty on account of certain expenses of the public service for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1940, the sums of $179,602,391.32 and $81,559,131.99 and $9,559,604.89 respectively be granted out of the consolidated revenue fund of Canada.

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Motion agreed to. Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Lapointe (Quebec East) thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 146, for granting to his majesty certain sums of money for the public service for the financial year ending the 31st March, 1940. Motion agreed to, bill read the first and second time and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Sanderson in the chair. On section 1-Short title.


CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

Mr. Chairman, it seems

to me that we are moving rather rapidly in this matter. It is, perhaps, at this stage formal, but the proceedings of this parliament for the last few days have resembled a three-ring circus. We have had two committees sitting: one, banking and commerce; another, public accounts, a very large committee, taking up the attention of a very large number of members of this house; and we have been putting through estimates very rapidly indeed, more rapidly perhaps than we realize. I do not want to obstruct, but it seems to me that we might well wait until to-morrow to put through this bill. I believe the minister will agree that we have been moving very rapidly-I suggest, altogether

Supply Bill

too rapidly-but, particularly ia view of the small attendance in this chamber owing to the conditions I have mentioned, I do not think that we should be unseemly in our haste with these matters.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I have

not the slightest objection to waiting for this last stage, although my hon. friend knows, as I do, that this is merely a question of form, a formality, which is always done in this way, when all the estimates have been considered. On the other hand, I have no objection at all. If the least objection had been raised I would not have proceeded with the last stage.

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

I suggested that the

second reading should stand until to-morrow.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I did

not so understand, but it will be the same thing; we will adjourn on this committee.

With regard to what my hon. friend has said, I do not altogether agree that there has been undue haste. I believe-and it is said rather in praise of all members of the house-that the amount of work which has been done with the assistance of all hon. members within the past two weeks has been considerable, but nothing has been pressed unduly. The estimates of all the important departments have been carefully scrutinized. I admit that to-day some of the estimates were adopted rather speedily, but they are those of departments which are not usually contentious- the Department of the Secretary of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance. The estimates of all the big departments have been passed after full consideration, and so far as I am concerned and so far as the government is concerned we were quite ready to grant more time for the purpose. However, I thank my hon. friend for his cooperation, and I am pleased to move that the committee rise, and report progress and ask leave to sit again.

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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

May I ask the minister when we meet again? Is the house sitting to-night?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I do

not see the necessity of sitting to-night. The work is almost finished. The bill which has been reported from the banking and commerce committee is being printed before being submitted to the house, and cannot be ready before to-morrow morning. To sit to-night just for the purpose of having the third reading of the budget bill does not seem to be warranted, and when the committee has reported I will move the adjournment of the house.

[Mr. Stewart.l

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

It does

not matter.

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Lapointe (Quebec East) the house adjourned at 6.10 pan.

Friday, June 2, 1939

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June 1, 1939