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

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

No. There was a good deal said in the preliminary part of my hon. friend's remarks. Perhaps the house would be interested in hearing them as they bear upon his request of last night. They will be found in Hansard, page 1617:
Here is a list of matters called public business dealt with so far this session; let us see how important they are. There was of course the speech from the throne. Then, supply. Supply comes in as a sort of filler-in; it is one of the measures brought in when we have not anything else to proceed with. When the government runs out of its regular business it brings on supply. While the estimates are in a sense public business, they are not important enough or urgent enough to have everything else sidetracked in order that they may he dealt with.
Now, I wonder what my hon. friend would say to me if, after having had this advice, I were instead of going on with other important legislation, to proceed with supply.

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