May 14, 1948

CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. KNIGHT:

I would appreciate if the minister would make a comment on my questions.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. CHEVRIER:

I can do that if the committee will give me ten minutes, but I am not going to attempt to answer the hon. gentleman in one minute.

Item stands.

Progress reported.

Business oj the House BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

On Monday we would like to move that the house go into committee of supply in order to call three new departments; probably public works, national defence and veterans affairs. After that., we shall continue with Bill No. 313, to amend the Supplemental Payments Act; next, the second reading of Bill No. 300, to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 1934. Then we *would move to revert to committee of supply to take up the estimates of transport, justice, post office and public works, although I do not know in what order we would proceed after transport.

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. MacINNIS:

Are we to go into supply first thing on Monday afternoon?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

It is the understanding that that will be the first order of business.

An lion. MEMBER: Public works?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull) :

It will be called, but it is the last on the list.

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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

Will the housing bill. be up on Monday?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

Not on Monday.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

With respect to the proposal to ask that three more departments be moved into supply on Monday, I wish to say that there will be no objection from this side of the house at any time to putting in as many departments as the government chooses; provided that each week the government will move to go into supply so that any grievances that hon. members may have can be spoken to. Our fear is that when you get so many departments into supply the time may come when you do not need to move to go into supply and we would be denied that privilege.

So far as we are concerned, put in as many departments as you like as early as you w'ant to in the session so long as you provide one opportunity in each week for hon. members to raise any questions that they may choose to raise.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. CHEVRIER:

There are only five or six departments in now'.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

There would be one exception next week when the budget will be down. Since we shall be discussing the budget, it will not be necessary to ask for that, but I think this would be a reasonable arrangement and I urge the minister to accept it.

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

Mr. Speaker, I believe I can give that assurance, because there w'ill be six more departments to be brought in. When the budget debate is concluded, each week we shall make the formal motion to go into supply.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

Are there not eight more departments?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

I did not look over the list, but I am under the impression that there are six or seven more.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

You may put so many departments in that some weeks no motion to go into supply may be made at all.

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

Oh, yes, I will give the assurance that once a week, on one of the first three days of the week, we shall move to go into supply.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.



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May 14, 1948