Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, on Monday last, in reply to a question from the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Drew), the Prime Minister (Mr. St-Laurent) indicated that I would make a statement as to whether it was intended to proceed at this session with the amendments to the Municipal Grants Act. As I stated, I think last week, the government had hoped to be able to proceed with that measure this session, but the legislative program has been heavy, and in view of the fact that the amendments would not be operative until the calendar year 1955, the usual municipal year, no prejudice would be suffered by the measure standing over until the next session.
It would be the government's intention to introduce the measure at the earliest possible moment at that session. There is an item in my estimates of some $3 million for the grants for the calendar year, and when that item is called we shall have an opportunity to discuss the matter and I can indicate, in a general way, the nature of the amendments which the government has in mind.
Subtopic: MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT
Sub-subtopic: STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS