January 21, 1958

PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

If the agricultural bill should go through tomorrow, Mr. Speaker, then we would be taking, or I think we would be taking, estimates for the rest of the week. Citizenship and immigration would go on on Thursday and then it would be national revenue after that.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Could the minister give any indication of what estimates would be considered on Friday and Saturday?

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

My hon. friends say "Oh, oh", but it has been the practice earlier in the session to give the business for the whole week-

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Some hon. Members:

It never was the

practice before.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

-and in earlier sessions as well, but we have not had more than one or two days' notice.

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Clayton Wesley Hodgson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hodgson:

Funny how practices came in during this last year.

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

The hon. member for Laurier (Mr. Chevrier) has been away digging the St. Lawrence seaway for the past several years and he has not known what has been going on. The fact is that the opposition parties this year have had as much notice as we ever had when we were in opposition and I will give them just as much information as I know myself.

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Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

As the hon. member knows, the position in the Canadian House of Commons in this present year is somewhat unusual and one would have to be both a prophet and the son of a prophet to give the business of the house for one week ahead. I can assure him and the members of the other parties that I will let them know as much ahead as I know myself. In the meantime they have the information for the next three days, and probably sufficient information for the next four days, which I think is really not doing too badly.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, although the St. Lawrence seaway is the greatest international program ever undertaken between two neighbouring countries-

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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

No speeches, please.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

-I suggest that has nothing to do with the question. Whether I was here or not has absolutely nothing to do with the question I asked and I would have thought the hon. gentleman would have co-operated to the extent of giving us the business for the rest of the week.

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Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I am sorry the hon. member for Laurier feels I am not co-operative.

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Stanley Howard Knowles

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

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

May I ask a question of the house leader? In view of his desire to get on with the estimates has consideration been given to referring Bill No. 237 to the committee on agriculture after we have had second reading so that here in the house we can get on with the estimates?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

That, Mr. Speaker, sounds like a very tempting offer, but I think everybody, including the hon. member, knows that it is not and the government has no such intention.

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At ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to the order of the house passed on December 2, 1957.


January 21, 1958