November 4, 1969

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

INFORMATION SERVICES

LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, on August 30, 1968, I announced the appointment of a task force to study federal information agencies and make recommendations as to ways and means of increasing the efficiency and coordination of government information.

I now have the honour to table the report submitted by the members of that group.

The relevant authorities are now studying the recommendations put forward in the report and I expect to be able to make a statement regarding the action the government intends to take by the end of the year.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   INFORMATION SERVICES
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF TASK FORCE REPORT
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AGRICULTURE

TABLING OF REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS OF CANADIAN AGRICULTURAL CONGRESS

LIB

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. H. A. Olson (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table, in English and in French, the report of the proceedings of the Canadian Agricultural Congress which took place in Ottawa from March 24 to March 27.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS OF CANADIAN AGRICULTURAL CONGRESS
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PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF ONTARIO MINISTERS

LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. E. J. Benson (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of the Treasurer of Ontario and the Minister of Trade and Development of Ontario.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF ONTARIO MINISTERS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF ONTARIO MINISTERS
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ORAL QUESTIONS

THE AUDITOR GENERAL

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

I should like to ask the President of the Treasury Board whether he feels there is any justification for the suggestion made to Mr. Henderson, the Auditor General, who is a servant of Parliament, not of the government, of a reduction in his staff at a time when it is quite apparent to most of us that what this Parliamentary watchdog requires is sharper teeth rather than a filing down of those teeth?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I have some doubts as to the form in which the Leader of the Opposition is asking his question. Perhaps he would put the question in another way.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

I am not sure as to the nature of your objection, Mr. Speaker. If the minister would like to make a statement at some length on motions at a future date I would be happy to hear him do so. At the same time he might inform us whether the government proposes to introduce legislation, which the Auditor General has been requesting for some time, designed to increase the independence of the Auditor General and to define his office in a more formal and satisfactory way.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (President of ihe Treasury Board):

With respect to legislation, consideration is being given to this question. I would hesitate at the moment to enunciate a firm decision or opinion on the legislation itself. As to the question of staff, I think the House would like to know that provision has been made for the Auditor General to engage staff each year in excess of the number he has actually been able to recruit. This, I understand, is the case. The numbers and kind of staff that the Auditor General can obtain and usefully employ will continue to be provided.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Who forms the judgment as to

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Inquiries of the Ministry what kind of staff the Auditor General can profitably use? Is the decision made by the Auditor General or by the President of the Treasury Board and members of the government?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, up to the present it has been made by the Auditor General.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

A further supplementary question. Is it correct that the Auditor General has been requested to reduce the size of his staff?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Not to my knowledge, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THE AUDITOR GENERAL
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED REDUCTION OF STAFF
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November 4, 1969