September 4, 1950

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PRECEDENCE OF GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTIONS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister) moved:

That on Monday, September 4, 1950, government notices of motions shall take precedence over the motion for an address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his speech at the opening of parliament.

My purpose in presenting this motion now is not to interfere with the debate on the address but to provide an opportunity for calling certain resolutions which are required as a preliminary to the introduction of government bills, so that the recommendation of the crown thereon may be expressed to the house at once. The motions that follow in each case will of course be that the house resolve itself into committee at the next sitting to consider these resolutions.

There seems to be some likelihood that the address will be disposed of in the course of the day. In that event, after disposing of questions and motions for production of papers, it would be the next order of business to have these resolutions considered so that the house may have them before it for its attention.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

It seems to me that this is not the stage at which this motion should properly come forward for consideration. It is among government notices of motions on page 9 of the order paper. I think we should follow the regular procedure.

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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I may say to the leader of the opposition that last year I considered this same question, and it then seemed to me, as he says, that such a motion should be considered at a later time. But under citation 132 in Beauchesne's second edition I notice the following:

The motions allowed on routine proceedings are motions relating to the business of the house and for the discussion of reports from committees.

This motion definitely relates to the business of the house and should therefore be considered at this time. I think the misunderstanding arises from the fact that such motions generally appear under government notices of motions1. Actually, however, they 69262-13J

are not government notices of motions in the usual sense. In view of the citation which I have mentioned in Beauchesne's second edition, and of the practice which has been established, I think the motion should be considered now.

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Motion agreed to.


DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT

PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AHJ FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

Resolved, that sums not exceeding $142,200,200 be granted to His Majesty towards defraying expenses of the naval, army and air services of the Canadian forces;

That His Majesty may also incur commitments during the fiscal year ending the 31st day of March. 1951, for expenditures on the naval, army and air services of the Canadian forces in later years in amounts not exceeding $409,257,821 in addition to the total amount of such commitments specified in the schedule to the Appropriation Act, No. 4, 1950;

Resolved also, that commitments not exceeding $5,310,000 in addition to the amount of commitments specified in the schedule to the Appropriation Act, No. 4, 1950, may be incurred during the fiscal year ending the 31st day of March, 1951, for expenditure on defence research and development in later years, and also that sums not exceeding $2,000,000 be granted out of the consolidated revenue fund to His Majesty towards defraying the expenses for the land services of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in addition to any other grant of parliament;

And resolved further, that sums not exceeding $300,000,000 be granted out of the consolidated revenue fund to His Majesty, in addition to any other grants of parliament, for the production, acquisition, repair and provision of equipment, services, supplies and facilities, for the use of the defence forces of Canada and those of any party to the North Atlantic treaty, and the construction, improvement and repair of facilities, and the acquisition, processing, and storage of materials, supplies and equipment, required to produce and otherwise make available any such equipment, supplies, services and facilities;

With provision also empowering the governor in council to raise by way of loan under the provisions of the Consolidated Revenue and Audit Act, 1931, such sum or sums of money not exceeding in the whole the sum of $300,000,000 as may be required for the purpose of defraying the aforesaid expenses, the principal and interes* of any such loan to be a charge upon and payable out of the consolidated revenue fund.

He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the

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Proposed Legislation subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN FORCES ACT


. PROVISION FOR PLACING FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE


LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence) moved

that the house go into . committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure respecting the Canadian forces-

1. Amending the National Defence Act to provide that the government in council may establish and authorize the maintenance of active service forces and may place the Canadian forces on active service

*' in consequence of any action undertaken by Canada under the United Nations charter, the North Atlantic treaty or any other similar instrument for collective defence that may be entered into by Canada;

2. Excepting certain personnel from the application of the Militia Pension Act; and

3. Providing for the extension of benefits of certain legislation applicable to veterans of the second world war to veterans of forces designated as special forces.

He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

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Motion agreed to.


ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (DEFENCE) ACT PROVISION FOR CONTROL AND REGULATION OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ESSENTIAL MATERIALS AND SERVICES

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to present a measure to authorize the governor in council to take action to avert possible disruption of defence preparations requisite for the safeguarding of national security and to assist the United Nations in accordance with Canada's obligations; also to prevent economic disorder and hardship on a national scale; with authority to appoint and fix the remuneration and expense of assistants and advisers to the minister.

He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

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Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

DEFENCE APPROPRIATION BILL-QUESTION AS TO PROCEDURE

September 4, 1950