March 10, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Oh, I thought it was one of the hon. gentlemen opposite speaking the truth for once.
Now let us go a step further. Does the house realize the principle that is involved? Remember, the control of export is one of the highest functions of government. Does the house realize that it affects revenue? I doubt the constitutionality of a private bill that authorizes and licenses the export of power. I doubt the power of any private member, under the British North America Act, to introduce into this house a bill that provides for the export of anything. Why? f Because it involves revenue. The very speech made this afternoon shows how it touches revenue, and not only the revenue of this government. Mark you, we get a fee under the statute. We get revenue under the statute. So do the provinces, but we do also. It is not the provinces alone; we have been getting revenue. Now for the first time, Mr. Speaker,
I am told that a private member con introduce into this house a bill that deals with the revenues of Canada. At the appropriate time I propose to point that out and to ask whether or not it is within the constitutional power of a private member to do so.

Topic:   ELECTRIC POWER
Subtopic:   TRANSFER TO PARLIAMENT OF CONTROL OF EXPORT EXCEPT IN INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY
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