February 9, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

A day or so ago my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) asked if I would give to the house a statement with respect to some of the measures that will be introduced at the present session. The legislative programme for the present session, like that of other sessions of parliament since the commencement of the war, will be confined in the main, and as largely as possible, to matters pertaining to Canada's war effort or arising immediately out of the war. As in previous sessions the most important measure will be the war appropriation bill. Legislation respecting the much discussed plebiscite will be introduced immediately upon the termination of the debate on the address. Legislation also will be introduced respecting the production and marketing of wheat; respecting land settlement for ex-service men, and related amendments to the Soldier Settlement Act; and respecting the ratification of certain trade treaties with Latin-American countries.
Among financial measures, bills will be introduced regarding new borrowing authority and the refunding of maturing issues: bills to amend the War Exchange Conservation Act. the Canadian National Railway financing and

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guarantee bill; a bill to ratify an agreement between the C.N.R. and the Temiscouata railway.
There will be amendments to the Civil Service Superannuation Act, the Companies Act and the Patent Act, and possible amendments to the naval service, militia and Royal Canadian Air Force acts. It is proposed, to have the question of redistribution studied by a committee of parliament. There was a committee that took up the matter a session or two ago, and it is the. intention of the government to have a committee look into the matter anew this session.
I have not cited the bills that already appear on the order paper, but in addition to those it is anticipated that there may be other bills of a more or less routine character. It must be understood that circumstances at the moment unforseen may, in the eourse of the session, occasion the introduction of other measures. I do not wish to bind the government exclusively to any programme; there may be other bills if the necessity should arise.

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