March 29, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)


John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative


Well, no one on this side of the house has been more critical of order in council government than have I. I have pointed out the dangers and difficulties. I realize that there are, however, cases where order in council is necessary. I am not in any way excusing the government for waiting until this late date to convene parliament, thus preventing the full discussion of these matters that would otherwise take place. But realizing the shortness of the time that is available to parliament and knowing the general demands for just this piece of legislation, I for one, while taking the stand that I have always taken that orders in council have been used altogether too much during the past five years, would be the last to hold back from those who are entitled to it the payment of this gratuity by the technicality of opposing the bringing into effect of the legislation by order in council.
There is a second matter to which I should like to refer, namely, the payment of the grant to the loved ones of young men from this country who saved civilization in May, June, July and August of 1940, in the air over London. Numbers of those were Canadians who went over in 1938 and 1939 and joined the Royal Air Force. When they make the supreme sacrifice the payment cannot be made to their dependents. I know of a case where an only son was one of that valiant band of heroes who saved Britain at that time.

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