Occasionally we hear these bleatings from the other side when they feel their honour is pricked and wounded, but I am merely telling them something which is a fact. I do not have any great expectations at the moment that this bill will finally get on to the statute books of Canada, if it is correct that the government is doing all it can to engineer an election this spring, and my doubts will not be allayed unless steps are taken to guarantee that this committee which is already established will be able to continue sitting continuously from now until its hearings are completed, and find itself in the position to be able to report to this present session of parliament. This would mean having to forgo the usual arrangements for dissolution and the calling of a new session of parliament. The present session would have to continue, and if we arranged for this to happen only because of the pension plan it would be a worth-while undertaking. It would mean we should have to continue the present session of parliament, even though it might extend into the middle of next year. By agreement-and agreement appears to be available any time the leader of the house wants it, these days-arrangements could be made for the resumption of private members' hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and for
the putting forward of the various supply motions so that we could consider the estimates of the next fiscal year and so on. Some agreement could be reached about arranging for a speech from the throne, if we really needed to have one, as well as about those other proceedings in parliament which normally follow the calling of a new session.
I submit that the only course open to the government at the moment is to attempt to keep this session of parliament in being until such time as the committee which is studying this bill has an opportunity to report back to us. We can thus guarantee that at least it will not die on the order paper as a result of prorogation, and can hope that dissolution will not take place until such time as we have the law on the statute book-s. Unless the government are willing to do this, I think we are quite justified in making the accusation against them that they are not really sincere about proceeding with even this watered down version of a pension plan. Mr. Speaker, I had other remarks that I would have made, but these in essence were made by my colleague the hon. member for Timiskaming (Mr. Peters) and others in this party who have spoken; therefore I will not take the time of the house to repeat those contentions.
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