Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice) moved:
That, whereas subsection one of section six of The National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1945, chapter twenty-five of the statutes of 1945, as enacted by chapter sixty of the statutes of 1946, provides that subject as thereinafter provided, that act shall expire on the thirty-first day of December, one thousand nine hundred and forty-six, if parliament meets during November or December, one thousand nine hundred and forty-six, but if parliament does not so meet it shall expire on the sixtieth day after parliament first meets during the year one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven or on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven, whichever date is the earlier: Provided that, if at any time while
that act is in force, addresses are presented to the Governor General by the Senate and House of Commons respectively, praying that that act should be continued in force for a further period, not in any case exceeding one year from the time at which it would otherwise expire and the governor in council so orders, that act shall ;ontinue in force for that further period.
And whereas it is considered desirable to continue the said act in force until the fifteenth day of May," one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven;
The following address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:
To His Excellency Field Marshal The Right Honourable Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Knight
of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Companion of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross, one of His Majesty's aides-de-camp, General, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada. May it please Your Excellency:
We, His Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in parliament assembled, respectfully approach Your Excellency praying that The National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1945 be continued in force until the fifteenth day of May, one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven.
He said: Mr. Speaker, on Friday I indicated to the house that an address would be moved praying for an extension of the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1945, until May 15. 1947. This procedure is provided for in section 6 of the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1945 which, after establishing the day upon which the act will expire, contains the following proviso:
Provided that, if at any time while this act is in force, addresses are presented to the Governor General by the Senate and the House of Commons respectively, praying that this act should be continued in force for a further period, not in any case exceeding one year, from the time at which it would otherwise expire and the governor in council so orders, this act shall continue in force for that further period.
As matters stand at the present time the act will expire on the 29th of this month. As the house is aware, the legislation introduced by the government at the beginning of the session, which was intended to give permanent effect to certain orders and regulations made under emergency powers-or, perhaps I should say, rather than "permanent effect", effect for a further length of time of a year, or thereabouts, in most instances-has not been fully dealt with by parliament, and none of it has received royal assent. As yet opportunity has not been presented to introduce a bill which is to continue in effect the orders which are required for a limited period beyond the end of March.
In order that the measures which are to be provided for in this legislation may not expire before the legislation becomes effective, it is necessary to extend the life of the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1945, sufficiently to enable parliament to complete its work and royal assent to be given to the resulting statutes.
As I indicated on Friday, I think it would be unsafe to plan for the completion of that legislation within a period of less than approximately thirty days after the conclusion of the
Transitional Measures Act
Easter recess. I should like to make it plain that the government has no desire to continue beyond the end of March any orders or regulations of the governor in council, except those to be appended by way of schedule to the Continuation of Transitional Measures Act to be based on the resolution standing in my name on the order paper, and except the orders and regulations of the governor in council to be replaced by the following bills:
An Act to Amend the Canada Grain Act;
An Act to Amend the Militia Pension Act;
An Act to Amend the Customs Act;
An Act to Amend the Feeding Stuffs Act, 1937;
An Act to Amend the Inspection and Sale Act, 1938;
An Act to Amend the Fertilizers Act;
An Act to Amend the Immigration Act, and to Repeal the Chinese Immigration Act;
An Act Respecting Import and Export Permits;
An Act to Amend the Militia Act;
An Act to Amend the Patent Act, 1935;
An Act Respecting Supplemental Payments on Mail Contracts;
An Act to Amend the Department of National Defence Act;
An Act to Continue the Revised Regulations Respecting Trading With the Enemy (1943);
An Act to Amend the Canadian Wheat Board Act, 1935;
An Act to Provide for the Sale and Export of Agricultural Products.
Then there is a bill, not yet before the house, relating to the compensation of government employees.