Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I promised the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Diefenbaker) yesterday that I would endeavour to give him a list of the matters that are apt to be, or which may possibly be, brought before parliament at this session. With respect to those specially mentioned in the speech from the throne, there are only three which are not already on the order papers either of this house or of the other place, and they will be brought forward almost at once. One is a bill to amend the Merchant Seamen Compensation Act, another is to revise the Federal District Commission Act, and a third is to ratify the north Pacific fur seal convention.
There are some matters which may arise, depending upon the actions of provincial governments or provincial legislatures. They would include, first of all, enabling legislation concerning hospital insurance; second, an act to amend the Judges Act, depending upon whether there is any requirement resulting from provincial legislation to increase the numbers of judges in any of the provinces; and, third, an amendment to the Lake of the Woods Control Board Act, depending upon action that has not yet been completed by the provincial legislatures of Ontario and Manitoba.
There will be bills to confirm the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary survey, to constitute a peace bridge authority, to amend the Prairie Grain Producers' Interim Financing Act, to amend the Eastern Rocky Mountain Forest Conservation Act, the Northwest Territories Act and the Yukon Act. These are small amendments that are
not particularly urgent, but it might be convenient to dispose of them if there is an opportunity to do so.
There will be a bill to amend the Prisons and Reformatories Act, resulting from the fact that the government of British Columbia is establishing a new penal institution, and the purpose of the legislation would be to authorize the transfer of prisoners from existing institutions to the new institution.
There may possibly be bills to amend the Canadian and British Insurance Companies Act and the United Kingdom Financial Agreement Act of 1946. With respect to the latter, negotiations are progressing and as soon as they have been completed the Minister of Finance will be making an announcement about them.
Subtopic: STATEMENT AS TO INTRODUCTION OF FURTHER LEGISLATION