Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
I should like to inform the house that the governor general has just approved the appointment of a royal commission to review the financial position of the province of Newfoundland in accordance with section 29 of the terms of union with Newfoundland. The terms of reference of the commission are of course those set forth in that section of the terms of union.
We have been fortunate in securing the services as commissioners of Hon. John McNair, chief justice of New Brunswick, who will be the chairman, Hon. Sir Albert Walsh, chief justice of the supreme court of Newfoundland, and Professor John Deutsch of the University of British Columbia, a distinguished former public servant of Canada. I should like to lay on the table two copies of the order in council establishing the commission.