Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
I would say to the hon. gentleman in answer to his question of yesterday, as to whether I would follow the normal course at this time of the session and inform the house what measures the government hopes to have passed before the Easter recess, as well as their order of priority, that for today,
Inquiries of the Ministry as the house knows, there are three items, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the order paper. After having dealt with them we intend to cover the additional list of legislative measures on the order paper.
As to the question of priority-and I am saying this without desire to be in any way provocative-I regret the slow progress being made. After the business announced for today is disposed of, we will deal with the redistribution and Senate measures. Then, as the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate pointed out, the supplementary estimates and appropriation bill have to have attention. We shall then be in a position to resume the budget debate.
So far as the business for next week is concerned, that will be announced in due course. At the moment it is proposed that the pre-Easter session, in any event, should conclude on April 19. I am most anxious to secure attention for the items I have mentioned, particularly the redistribution measure and the Senate measure, and then of course the supplementary estimates.
I might add that the Leader of the Opposition asked whether there was anything else to come before the house. Two resolutions will be placed on the order paper in respect of certain recommendations made by the O'Leary commission. They will be under the name of the Minister of National Revenue.
Subtopic: INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM BEFORE EASTER RECESS