March 20, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Well, that is a matter of opinion. I know that in certain parts of the ministry there is an increasing war effort; I think that that is true of the two or three war ministers. But if they themselves had established an organization such as I think should have been done, and not waited for us to set up an organized debate for them, there would have been no necessity for any more than one of them to be in this chamber at a time. They could have intimated, for example, that "the Minister of National Defence will be here to-day and will not be here to-morrow." There would have been no cavil about that. The whole thing might have been organized on an orderly basis and a lot of time saved. Business would have gone along, we would have got the information we wanted, the resolution would have gone through, and in due course the bill would have been introduced and passed. I do not think it is up to a private member to lecture this house, but I believe the ministry will agree that there was a lack of organization in getting the matter directly before the committee. Perhaps we can all assume some share of responsibility for that. I am willing to take mine; I want the ministry to accept theirs.

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