March 2, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)


My remarks will be brief because I understand it is the minister's intention to follow the same procedure with respect to his estimates that was followed by the Minister of National Defence for the army. In the estimates we have before us there is ample opportunity to question the minister on any specific matter we have in mind: that requires an answer, and feeling that that is the most expeditious way of carrying on the debate I intend to refrain from mentioning a lot of matters about which we may later on question the minister.
I join with those who pay tribute to the minister for the efficient and effective way he placed his estimates before the committee.
The leader of the opposition a few moments ago thought the minister was very cooperative and complimented him along those lines.
I believe the reverse is true. I think the minister anticipated about everything that the leader of the opposition or anyone else might have in mind by way of criticism and threw the ball over here for answer. That is exactly the way I see it. He posed every question that one might be thinking of and invited the opposition to give him the answers.

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