Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister) moved
that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:
That it is expedient to present a bill (a) to constitute a department of defence production, to be presided over by a minister, with appropriate provision for the employment of officers, clerks and employees: (b) to provide that the minister shall take steps to mobilize, conserve, and co-ordinate all economic and industrial facilities in respect of defence supplies and defence projects, and in connection therewith, to buy or otherwise acquire defence supplies and to construct defence projects, and for these purposes to confer appropriate powers on the minister and to provide for the establishment of a defence production board revolving fund; and (c) to provide further that the governor in council may do and authorize such acts and things, and make from time to time such orders and regulations as he deems necessary to control and regulate the production, processing, distribution, acquisition, disposition, or use of materials, or the supply or use of services deemed essential for defence purposes.
He saidi: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.
Subtopic: CREATION OF NEW DEPARTMENT
Sub-subtopic: MOBILIZATION OF ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES