March 13, 1941

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

WAR EXPENDITURES-FIRST REPORT


Mr. J. T. THORSON (Selkirk) presented the first report of the special committee on war expenditures, as follows: Your committee recommends: 1. That it be empowered to appoint subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees as it may appoint from time to time any of the matters referred to the committee, and that any subcommittee so appointed have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to examine witnesses; to sit while the house is sitting; and to report from time to time to the committee. 2. That it be given permission to sit wdiile the house is sitting. 3. That eight members of the committee constitute a quorum and that standing order 65 (3) be suspended in relation thereto. 4. That the committee have power to fix the quorum of the subcommittees it may deem expedient to appoint from time to time. 5. That the committee he empowered to print, as it may determine from time to time, five hundred copies in English and two hundred copies in French of its minutes of proceedings and evidence and that standing order 64 he suspended in relation thereto. Your committee, realizing the desirability of securing the utmost cooperation from all members of the house, has authorized its chairman to address a letter to each member of the house requesting suggestions as to any subject matter that might usefully be inquired into by the committee.


WAR PENSIONS-CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT


Hon. CYRUS MACMILLAN (Queens) moved that dlhe second report of the special Committee on ithe Pension Act and the War Questions Veterans Allowance Act, presented to the house on Tuesday, March 11, 1941, be concurred in.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I did not see it. Could it stand until to-morrow, until I look at it?

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Motion agreed to. PRIVILEGE-Mr. ROY On the orders of the day:


IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent Conservative

Mr. J. SASSEVILLE ROY (Gaspe):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. Certain newspapers, more particularly L'Action Catholique of Quebec, have misinterpreted the statements I made in this house in my speech of March 10th.

On that occasion I declared myself totally and categorically opposed to the establishment of a union or national government, or its equivalent.

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LIB
IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent Conservative

Mr. ROY:

I repeat that I am opposed to the establishment of any form of national or union government, no matter where the proposal may come from, as I stated quite clearly in my speech.

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LIB

CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN POSITIONS FOR PERMANENT APPOINTMENTS


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved: , That the report of the civil service commission classifying certain positions to which employees on the temporary staff of the House of Commons are to be appointed on a permanent basis, laid on the table of the house on March 5, 1941, be now approved.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

When the report was laid on the table I gave some study to .it, not with a view of criticizing it but in order to have one paragraph clarified. I had a very pleasant interview with the clerk of the house and I understood that one paragraph, I think near the end of the report, was to be redrafted so as to make certain things clear which otherwise might be open to misinterpretation. I have not heard that that has been done. If this is the same report that was first brought down I should like to be reassured on this point, namely, that the paragraph to which I refer has been clarified.

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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:

I am informed that the matter has been clarified in accordance with the wishes of my hon. friend and that the report as now presented meets with his approval.

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes.

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Stand.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

In justice to the clerk I wish to say that I find he communicated with my office, and in the pressure of work the matter was not brought to my attention. There has just been a little slip there.

Motion stands.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


March 13, 1941