Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):
Mr. Speaker, it is a matter for deep regret that when the house was called in November to discuss the question of conscription the government did not see fit to continue the session of parliament from that time to the present. I see no sufficient reason why that
could not have been done. I dislike very much to think of leaving in the air some of the all-important matters which should have been considered with the greatest care by this parliament. I have in mind the document tabled yesterday by the Minister of Reconstruction (Mr. Howe), respecting employment and income. That is a document which should have occupied the time of the house, and should have been given the greatest possible care and attention for three or four weeks, in order that hon. members might fully understand what is really in the minds of those connected with the department. Yet we shall scarcely have time to refer to it.
As to the time of the election, our group and our movement are ready. They will be happy to meet the Prime Minister and the representatives of the other parties on the hustings or anywhere else.
There is one further matter, and that has to do with expediting the business. During this session our group has done everything within its power to expedite business, and we are prepared to continue to do so. We are not very well satisfied with the amount of time taken by some hon. members in the discussion of matters which in my view might well have waited until the next parliament.
Subtopic: PROCEDURE IN CONCLUDING THE SESSION- ANNOUNCEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTION ON JUNE 11