July 18, 1940


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I understand my hon.

friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) does not wish to proceed with the second reading of the unemployment insurance measure to-day.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition) :

That is correct. I have striven vainly to understand the principles and details of this bill. Under ordinary circumstances counsel would take at least three days to brief this bill: I have had about four hours. I protest against any attempt to rush this bill through the house without adequate time for study, even before it comes to second reading. The bill, apart from any war measures that we have put through parliament, is the most important measure that I can recall for years, since the act of 1930 at any rate. It involves the annual expenditure of millions upon millions of dollars. There should be no rush to push it through the House of Commons, even if it is to be sent to a special committee.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

As I said yesterday, the government hav.e no desire to rush the bill at all. Our desire is simply to expedite the business of the session as far as we can.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I am prepared to stay.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

In view of the remarks of my hon. friend a few minutes ago, perhaps he would not regard me as out of order if I say that he may now appreciate the better why I need to have at my side someone of the quality of Mr. Brockington to help me digest the essence of important documents which come to my office continuously and on which I am not infrequently called upon to express an opinion inside of a few hours.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That

observation may serve to give me an opportunity to wonder whether the country would provide me with a 89,000 a year counsel to help me examine these bills. However, I am not going to ask for it; I think the country can ill afford it.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If this country begrudges the best of counsel and advice to the Prime Minister in a time of war, it is a very different country from Canada as I know it.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I suggest to the Prime Minister that we be given a little more time to look over this bill. I do not believe that the reference to the committee is the course that ought to be taken. I want to see the measure go through this session, but every hon. member ought to have an opportunity to examine with care this very long bill, consisting of thirty-six pages, which we have only just received. I was on a committee all the morning and have not even had time to read it. I am afraid that if it goes to a committee it will be unduly delayed, and I should like to see the house discuss it without sending it to a committee.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

In agreeing to have the bill sent to a special committee after the second reading I was seeking to oblige the leader of the opposition, who made the suggestion, and I propose to hold to the arrangement made. I have sought to expedite the step, since it has already been made abundantly clear that all parties in the house are agreed upon the principle of the bill. If my hon. friend feels that to take second reading to-morrow would not give him sufficient time to examine the bill, I am prepared to hold it until Monday. But I very much hope he may be ready to-morrow.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEEDING WITH SECOND READING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL
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MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

MONTHLY LIST OF CONTRACTS AWARDED-RECORD FOR MAY AND JUNE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

I should like to ask the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) whether the record of contracts awarded in May, 1940, is in print, and also the record for June, 1940, and when we may expect to receive copies.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MONTHLY LIST OF CONTRACTS AWARDED-RECORD FOR MAY AND JUNE
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

The department has a staff continuously engaged in compiling the information desired by my hon. friend. Each month the volume gets a little larger aDd the staff gets a little behind, but I shall do what I can to expedite the publication of the two volumes mentioned.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MONTHLY LIST OF CONTRACTS AWARDED-RECORD FOR MAY AND JUNE
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INFORMATION GIVEN IN PRESS RELEASES WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACTS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. KARL HOMUTH (Waterloo South):

Some time ago I spoke to the minister and asked that when these releases were given out the number of units should be mentioned. The minister said he would give consideration to the request, but so far that has not been

Munitions and Supply

done. In these lists we see the total sum but no number of units, and if we could get that it would give us a great deal more information.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INFORMATION GIVEN IN PRESS RELEASES WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I passed on the request to the officers in charge of that work. Probably that did not appear in the April issue because the work on that issue was too far advanced at the time, but the request has been sent on to the proper officers.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INFORMATION GIVEN IN PRESS RELEASES WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACTS
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MINE WORKERS

July 18, 1940