February 13, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)



But the reason he gave is not one which could be accepted by any member of this house, and I am going to recall that reason to the mind of my hon. friend. He said in effect that he did not want an
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investigation by a packed committee behind closed doors. Those were the words he used, and I suggest to him that in making that statement he did not bring credit either upon himself or upon the party he leads in this house. As a matter of fact, his attack was not merely upon the public accounts committee, but upon the entire committee system as it is practised under our parliamentary system. If what he said is correct of the public accounts committee now, it was true of the public accounts committee under any previous administration; and if it can be applied to the public accounts committee, it can be applied, I submit, to every committee of this house. My hon. friend in stating that he is not prepared to have this matter referred to the public accounts committee because that committee is a packed committee, and because, as he suggested, it met behind closed doors, which is absolutely incorrect, as he well knows, has by any rule of estoppel precluded himself from referring in the future any matter to any committee of this house.

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