Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) :
Mr. Chairman, I took advantage of the over-night adjournment to have the departmental officials and the law clerks go over the discussion which took place last evening and make suggestions as to what they thought might de done to meet the proposals then made. The chief law clerk advises that in order to clarify the position the word) "advisory" should- be added to sections 3 and 4 of the act. The addition of this word will make it perfectly clear that these committees are not charged with administration. Subsection 1 of section 3 of the act would then read, "The governor in council may establish
one or more advisory committees. . ." The word "advisory" should be added in subsection 2 before the word- "committee." In section 4 of the act the word "advisory" should precede the word "committees" wherever it occurs.
In further explanation of what was said last evening I may say that the original advisory committee found it advisable to have other committees set up. One committee was instituted to advise in connection with water work, another to advise in connection with regrassing, and so on. The committee found it preferable to have this more or less expert advice on these matters. I am informed that the main committee met only twice, once in May and again in December of 1935-that is, one under the previous government and one under the present government. The real work that was based on the discussions that took place there was carried out by these subcommittees which we hope to establish in some legal position by an amendment to the act. It is intended that these committees shall be advisory in the same sense that the original committee is advisory. I would suggest, therefore, Mr. Chairman, that these amendments be made to the bill, adding the word "advisory," at the places indicated. I am sorry that the typewritten recommendation has not yet reached my desk, but I expect it here at any moment.