March 20, 1950

THE BUDGET

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, MARCH 28

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abboli (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, barring developments which I do not now expect, I would propose to bring down my budget next Tuesday night, March 28. I would hope that I might be able to get the unanimous consent of the house to do so at eight o'clock. Perhaps it might be arranged to have private and public bills, which is normally the first order of business at eight o'clock on Tuesdays at this stage of the session, follow my remarks and the brief ones of the opposition financial critic.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, MARCH 28
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VACANCY

LIB

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Just before coming into the house I saw a copy of Routine Proceedings and Orders of the Day. At the top of page 3 the order of precedence is private bills, Senate amendments to public bills, etc. Further down the page is the heading, "Orders of the day". I think the usual procedure is to call private bills before calling orders of the day. Therefore I now call private bills.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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EASTER ADJOURNMENT

PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, because of the order of business to be followed today I would ask you to permit me to direct a question to the government which I believe is of particular concern to hon. members who live some distance away from Ottawa.

Several days ago a question was directed to the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) as to the date on which it is intended that the house shall rise for the Easter recess. At that time the Prime Minister indicated he would give instructions that the whips of the parties be brought together for the purpose of discussing the matter. Time is passing. It is obviously a matter of great importance to all members to be able to make their arrangements for the Easter holidays and secure the necessary travel reservations. Good Friday is only two weeks from next Friday, and the time is short within which members can make reservations. No matter what the length of the recess may be, I suggest to the government that this is a fairly obvious consideration which should be borne in mind.

Unless there are any matters of overriding urgency, I am sure that members would prefer to spend holy week in their own homes, because it is a week which is of great importance to most of them. Therefore I would ask the government to give an indication as to the date on which the house will rise for the Easter recess. No steps have been taken to bring the whips together; obviously, therefore, it becomes a matter for decision by the government.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Righi Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, in discussing the subject the Prime Minister indicated the other day that the government had in mind adjournment on the Thursday evening before Good Friday and the reassembling of the house on the Monday after the week that follows Easter Sunday. I have heard no objection to that proposal, and I assume there is no change in view.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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SC

William Duncan McKay Wylie

Social Credit

Mr. Wylie:

In that event we shall not get home until Sunday morning; some members will not get home until Monday.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

The Prime Minister will be in his seat tomorrow, and I will ask him either to confirm or to vary what I have said. In the meantime I think hon. members can make their plans accordingly.

Easter Adjournment

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I do not want to enter into a lengthy debate, but I should like to point out that there has been no discussion. It is stated that there has been no objection. There may be none within the ranks of the government, but we were unaware, aside from rumours which may have been reported to us, that the date mentioned was suggested. I repeat that it would be much more appropriate for holy week to be taken as a holiday, and for members to return immediately after Easter, than to take the following week.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Since the Minister of Trade and Commerce has said that there has been no objection to what the Prime Minister announced, I should like to point out, for the purpose of the record, that the Prime Minister said that the views of the other parties would be ascertained from the opposition whips, and I have written to the government whip indicating our views in the matter.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Perhaps the matter can be left in abeyance until tomorrow. I am sure the Prime Minister will endeavour to clarify the situation.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Low:

I should like to ask the minister to convey to the Prime Minister our desire that the matter be reconsidered in the light of what has been said. We would prefer to have the house adjourn earlier so that our members can reach western Canada before Sunday.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

That was our request.

Topic:   EASTER ADJOURNMENT
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INCOME TAX

APPEAL BOARD

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege I should like to refer to the judgment of the income tax appeal board in the case of "Mr. C." and the Minister of National Revenue, and make a request in connection therewith. Will the minister consider tabling the judgment, evidence and reasons for judgment involved in the order of the appeal board?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   APPEAL BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   JUDGMENT IN CASE OF "MR. C." AND THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL REVENUE
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March 20, 1950