Mr. Chairman, on behalf of a civil servant who cannot speak for himself I must object to a statement which, if made outside this house, would be distinctly libellous and which to my personal knowledge and the knowledge of every member of this government is wholly untrue. I can only say that this bill is introduced by this government on its cabinet responsibility. The government is unanimously behind it, and I speak as the cabinet officer responsible for these matters and acting for the whole government. This is not my personal measure; it is the measure of the government, and with respect to the deputy minister who has just been so vilely slandered by the hon. member for Temiscouata, I can say furthermore that the deputy minister of finance, in the discharge of his important duties, has the confidence of every member of the government from the Prime Minister down. We have full knowledge of his record and complete confidence in him.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR INCORPORATION, PURCHASE OF SHARES, GUARANTEE OF DEBENTURES, ETC.