March 22, 1946

DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION

APPOINTMENT OP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER EXPENDITURES AND DISPOSAL OP SURPLUS WAR ASSETS

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

That a select committee be appointed to examine the expenditure defrayed out of moneys provided by parliament for national defence and demobilization, and foT other services directly connected with the war, including the disposal of surplus war assets, and to report what, if any,

economies consistent with the execution of the policy, decided by the government may be effected therein, and that notwithstanding standing order 65 the committee shall consist of twenty-five members, namely: Messrs. Benidiqk-son, Black (Cumberland), Bradebte, Cleaver, Cote (Verdun), Dion (Lake St. John-Roberval), Golding, Homuth, Isnor, Jackman, Knowles, Lalonde, MacdonnaH, Marier, Marquis, McGregor, Mcllrait'h, McLure, Michaud, Probe, Reid, Shaw, 'Smith (Calgary West), Stewart (Winnipeg North), Wdnloler, with power to send for persons, papers and records; to examine witnesses, and to report from time to time to the bouse.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I believe hon.

members are anxious to have the select and standing committees set up as soon as possible. Last year there was some complaint that we were lax in. having some of the committees constituted at an early date, in particular the select committee on expenditures.

If I thought there would be any debate on this motion I would not press it at this time. I should imagine however the house would be glad to have the committee set up at once. If that is so, I should be pleased to have the house proceed with my motion.

The motion offered this year is in exactly the same terms as the motion passed at the last session. The personnel of the committee is, I understand, the same.

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER EXPENDITURES AND DISPOSAL OP SURPLUS WAR ASSETS
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

Mr. Speaker, we are agreeable to having this committee set up, and to proceeding without debate.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

I should like to say the same thing.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

May I ask one question: I communicated to the whips the fact that there is one change we should like to make. Apparently my communication was not received in time. The suggestion is that t>he name of Mr. McCullough (Assiniboia) be substituted for mine. If the change is made now it will obviate the necessity of having it made later.

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
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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:

Perhaps hon. members would permit the motion to carry, following which a motion could be made to substitute one name for another.

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Motion agreed to. [Later:} The house having reverted to motions:


LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING moved:

That the motion to set up a select committee to examine the expenditure defrayed out of moneys 'provided by parliament for national defence and demobilization be amended by substituting the name of Mr. McCullough (Assini-*boia) for that of Mr. Knowles.

Pensions and Reestablishment

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

I assume there will be no objection on the part of the government to substituting other names if there is a desire to make a change.

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
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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:

No. During the session changes are made of certain names on most of the committees. The intention is to follow the same practice.

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
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PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. CHURCH:

Mr. Speaker, I object tc the appointment of this committee for the reasons that I gave last session. The time has gone by for a committee of this house-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I would call the attention of the hon. member to the fact that the motion to appoint the committee has been adopted. The motion before the house is merely to provide for a change in the personnel and is not debatable.

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Motion agreed to. On the orders of the day:


PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. CHURCH:

I wish to say that I object to the system which has been adopted of appointing committees after ' the expenditures have been made. It is nothing but a postmortem-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion to appoint the committee has already been adopted by the house. We are now on orders of the day, and if the hon. member wants to put a question, it is his privilege to do so.

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PENSIONS AND REESTABLISHMENT

APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT OR SUPPLEMENTING OF EXISTING LEGISLATION

March 22, 1946