March 14, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

My attention has been drawn to the remarks of my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) at the close of yesterday's session, in which he suggested that the government should bring on to-day a motion to go into committee of supply, rather than proceed with the bill with respect to the defence purchasing board. My hon. friend further mentioned that he thought the government ought to bring in a motion to go into supply on Mondays and Tuesdays, and he made some other suggestions.
May I say to my hon. friend that he will doubtless recall the little discussion we had in this house a month ago, and again a week ago, with reference to the business of the house and the government getting along with the public business. At that time my hon. friend felt that supply was not a very important matter, that it was brought before the house when nothing else was available, and he alleged that we had not brought in measures of public importance and sought to chastise us on that account.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PRIORITY OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENT MEASURES
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