February 21, 1955

PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I suppose that once we get into supply the estimates of three departments will be referred to the estimates committee. Can the minister tell us this evening which estimates will be considered first in the committee? It is essential to have that information because it may be necessary to make certain changes in the personnel of the estimates committee.

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

I am not a member of the committee, so I would not want to say what they would decide to do. But if the committee chose to consider the estimates of citizenship and immigration first that would be agreeable to us.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Can the minister tell us how many departments will be called if we do get into supply some time tomorrow?

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

We would like to call six in order to provide as follows: three to go to the committee on estimates; one, external affairs, to be made available for further discussion if it is found desirable to do that and two to be made available to the committee of supply itself for consideration. It may be that hon. members will feel that there ought to be only one for that purpose, but I think they will agree that with supply on Thursdays and Fridays it would be convenient to have two departments for the government to call, depending on what minister may be available.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

The minister has a very kindly way of making these suggestions. However, we do feel that putting in six departments at once is asking for one too many. We suggest that five be set by the government on this occasion. Is that satisfactory?

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Let us settle for four.

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

I have no objection to limiting the number to five. I do point out, however, that we have agreed to send four or five to the estimates committee, and we are being asked to keep that down to three. I had hoped that the estimates committee would have some estimates to deal with at the earliest possible moment so they will not be considering estimates in May or June, when we ought to be dealing with them in the house.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

They are going to deal with the estimates of just one department at a time?

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Citizenship will be there for some time.

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It being ten minutes after ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. * r ~ 'V .. ' V ' i[DOT]'[DOT] r - ~ r 'i * . * > Tuesday, February 22, 1955


February 21, 1955