September 11, 1939 (18th Parliament, 5th Session)

CON

James Earl Lawson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAWSON:

Although we have a sincere desire to cooperate with the government in passing legislation, if I correctly interpret the provisions of this section we feel that the government is going pretty far in expecting cooperation with regard to the provisions of this section and that we must make a protest in connection therewith. I read the first part of section 7:
War Appropriation Bill

The Minister of Finance shall make a report to_ the House of Commons on or before the thirtieth day of June, 1940, or if parliament is not then in session, within the first fifteen days of the next session-
What is the "next session"? That is the next session after the thirtieth day of June, 1940. To illustrate my point, let me assume that a general session of this parliament was convened on the twelfth of next January and prorogued on June 29, 1940; this house would have no report with respect to this vast expenditure of money, under this bill, until the next session after that came along in the ordinary course of events, in 1941. This in turn would mean that, unless this parliament through the exigencies of war or something of that kind extended its own life, we would have no knowledge under this measure as to how this money was spent or what contracts were let or anything else until after there was a general election in this country. I find it. difficult to believe that such is the intention of the government. If it is, I desire to protest against it. I think that provision should be amended so that a report will be brought down within fifteen or thirty days, or whenever the government deems advisable, after the convening of the next session of parliament.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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