April 21, 1943

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION


Mr. RALSTON moved the adjournment of the house.


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Before the house adjourns, may I ask the minister if he is in a position to give some indication of the government programme for business immediately we reconvene after the Easter recess?

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

We expect to go on promptly with the mutual aid bill and the war appropriation bill; I cannot say in which order. I say "promptly", because there are one or two things which may come first. It may be, although I cannot be positive about this, that we may go into supply, the idea being that if we do go into supply, and if the Prime Minister is ready to make a statement, this will give him an opportunity to make a statement in reference to external affairs in connection with the estimates for that department. That is the department which probably would be taken up if we go into supply.

I am not limiting the government to that; there may be other departments which it may be desirable to take up, particularly since Thursday and Friday are the first days on which the house reassembles.

Also outstanding are two government notices of motion, one for a committee on radio broadcasting and the other for a committee on war expenditures, which ought to be set up reasonably early. They may be taken up as well.

Income War Tax

I am afraid that is very general, but that is the best I can do. Let me repeat what I said before, that mutual aid and war appropriations are matters which we are anxious to take up as promptly as possible.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

If we could get the two remaining special committees set up at the earliest possible moment it should be done, because I think hon. members are anxious to get to work on them.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I should like to thank the members of the house for their extreme courtesy and consideration during the last few days. I have asked them to put up with a good deal in the way of last minute amendments and so on, and I greatly appreciate their cooperation.

Motion agreed to and the house adjourned at 6.17 p.m. until Thursday, May 6, at three o'clock in the afternoon.

Thursday, May 6, 1943

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April 21, 1943