Mr. R. W. MAYHEW (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):
Yesterday afternoon during the discussion of Bill No. 256 the hon. member for Eglinton (Mr. Fleming) made the statement that the annual return under the Municipal Improvements Assistance Act had not been tabled. His words are as follows, at page 4020 of Hansard.
The requirements of that section have apparently been honoured more in the breach than in the observance. It is like a great many similar sections that we encounter in statutes passed by this parliament requiring annual reports-they are simply ignored by the government. It is high time the government made a serious attempt to heed and -obey the -terms of this and other statutes providing for annual reports to parliament on operations under acts.
I replied, at page 4024:
The hon. member also said that the annual report had not been tabled. The act provides that the report shall be tabled, and I think my recollection goes back to the time this year when I tabled that report. This is a copy of what I tabled at that time
I referred to the document I was holding in my hand, from which I was reading. The hon. member for Eglinton then said:
I have done just what the parliamentary assistant proposes, and I think if -he will look back in the records of the house he will not find any report tabled.
I want to refer the hon. gentleman to Votes and Proceedings No. 34 of March 18 this year. On that day I tabled order in council P C. 845, and also the ninth annual report of the operations of the Municipal Improvements Assistance Act, 1938, for the year ending December 31, 1946.
Subtopic: MR. MATHEW-STATEMENT AS TO TABLING OP REPORT UNDER MUNICIPAL IMPROVE. MENTS ACT