Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):
In the Ottawa Citizen of last
evening appears an item entitled "Cabinet now studying scope of authority to be given new control." The article goes on to state:
Steps are being taken for a more rigorous control of government expenditures and particularly the elimination of needless extravagance or waste.
I should like to ask the Minister of Finance if the report appearing in last evening's press, to the effect that it is proposed to establish a new supervisory authority in order to exercise greater control of governmental expenditures, and particularly to eliminate needless extravagance, is correct? If so, when may formal announcement of this proposal be expected? It may be recalled that on more than one occasion I have made reference to the setting aside of the provisions of the Consolidated Revenue and Audit Act and to the terms of the order in council under which that was done. Apparently this has not been sufficient and it has not worked out properly. There has been great waste and extravagance. Is the government alarmed over this situation? If so, it is a very helpful sign.
Subtopic: PRESS REPORT AS TO MEASURES OF SUPERVISION AND CONTROL