March 15, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

I think it will be found desirable, if not necessary, that the items should continue in the supply bill; otherwise it will
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be essential that a separate bill be provided dealing with these matters, and they would not then be in the supply bill itself. The Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) has indicated that it was his wish that appropriations should all appear in a supply bill if possible, and I think the resolution would be better if in terms it indicated that these items were to be referred to the standing committee and reported to the house without taking them from the supply items at all. The Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning has placed these items in his estimates and, being in the estimates, they will therefore form part of the supply bill. I quite agree with the minister that it is desirable to refer them to the committee and I thought possibly he would make the motion broad enough to refer to that committee as well the report that he has just .tabled, so that the one resolution would cover it all. If he would reconsider the resolution he might frame it in somewhat different terms. Possibly it would suit his purpose to let it stand and refer back to this order of business later in the day, making his resolution comprehensive enough to include the report in the reference to the committee and to ensure that the items would still remain in the estimates for consideration with a view to the framing of a supply bill when the time came. That, I gathered, was the policy laid down by the Prime Minister with respect to matters of the kind. The Minister of Finance will be able bo correct me if I am wrong.

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