May 9, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

To recommend to my
colleagues action under this section is a responsibility which will be far from pleasant as far as I am concerned, because I am quite sure, in view of the violent differences of view with respect to this act on both sides and in all provinces, that I shall receive a great deal of abuse no matter which course may be adopted. I assure the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) that I shall bear in mind also that he is a pretty efficient protester in regard to anything which he thinks is not fair to his province, and that I shall incur his wrath if in any recommendation I fail to take into account the views which he has expressed. Of course one will have to weigh very carefully all the evidence and representations before making such a recommendation. I am not pleased to have to put before the house a provision of this sort, Ro minister who has any experience likes to be charged with such responsibility as this places upon him. He would much prefer to have parliament assume the responsibility and either put the act out or keep it in. But this appears to be the only method whereby we can conserve such advantages as may exist to the agriculturists of some sections, and at the same time get rid of the disadvantages which others allege have flowed from the operation of the act in other sections. I can only say that I shall try to discharge that very difficult task to the best of my ability.

Topic:   FARMERS' CREDITORS ARRANGEMENT ACT
Subtopic:   BOARDS OF REVIEW, TIME LIMIT FOR FILING PROPOSALS, ETC.
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