Hon. H. A. STEWART (Leeds):
Mr. Speaker, in view of the statement of the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe), and the apparently strong authority in support of the position which he takes that the amendment is entirely irregular and beyond the jurisdiction of the senate, I am surprised that there should be a motion accepting the amendment, even with the reservation which he has attached to it. Reservations of this kind are of no value in respect of this legislation. I am of the opinion once we depart from what is sound, well-established principle we are likely to get into difficulty and conflict in the future. I am not sure that a conference should occupy much time. It would depend upon the conference itself. H the matter is as clear as the Minister of Justice indicates, the conference should not take very much time. Would the Minister of Justice or the Minister of National Revenue explain in a little more detail the effect of these amendments upon the legislation?
Subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS-CONTROL OF THE COMMONS OVER FINANCIAL MEASURES