April 20, 1943

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I do not think my hon. friend realizes the proceedings. We are not discussing the bill in which the Minister of Finance was interested. This item

Supply Bill

was passed in the committee of supply, and there is to be a bill founded on the resolution that passed the committee of supply to-day. It is simply a formal matter. All that I would ask to-night is that we might get the bill through for the second reading to-morrow. If we could pass it through its different stages to-night, I do not think that would be asking too much. It is simply a routine that I thought was completed this afternoon, but we broke up on a discussion of a point of order, and I did not have a chance to proceed with the formalities necessary to complete the transaction.

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Subtopic:   SUPPLY BILL
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NAT

Douglas Gooderham Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

I just want to make this point. I think the Prime Minister needs an assistant secretary. I think he needs a man in his own office who can come here and take his place in the house and be responsible to the minister. So far as the S40,000 is concerned, that is small. I have often said to the Minister of Munitions and Supply that he is too burdened with his work; there should have been two or three ministers instead of one. But he has always said to me in private conversation that there ought to be just one head, and he can be it. That is what he thinks about the matter. I know that the Minister of Finance is overburdened with work, and that he deserves someone who can help him.

This is war. I think we should save a great deal of time in this House of Commons in debate if we had the opportunity of a question hour which would save so much time taken up with long speeches afterwards. As any man in public life knows, as a matter of fact the Prime Minister knows it better than I do, the finest literature that he can read in public life is his own name in print. It is better than Shakespeare to him, and every man in public life knows the same thing.

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Subtopic:   SUPPLY 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:

Surely that is a new theory.

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Subtopic:   SUPPLY BILL
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NAT

April 20, 1943