Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):
Last night I spoke about the necessity of having the further supplementary estimates voted before the Easter recess. I should like to add that I think it essential that they be voted either to-day or to-morrow. The reason for this is that accounts are now in arrears, and if these supplementary estimates for the fiscal year just passed are not promptly voted, there will be rapidly increasing inconvenience. The same consideration exactly applies to the supplementary war appropria-
tion measure. Both these measures relate to expenditures for the fiscal year that is past, not the current year.
I spoke to the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) about the matter, and he was good enough to say that he would do what he could to facilitate the passage of these measures in every way possible. I did not have an opportunity of explaining the matter to the leaders of the two other parties in the house, although I had a word with them just as I came to the chamber. I think, however, they will see the necessity for this procedure, now that I have explained it.