April 13, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)


Angus MacInnis

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


May I say a word on this subject? I have had letters from those firms about which the hon. member for Vancouver South has spoken. In my view the principle of renegotiating is accepted both here and in the United States where they have contracts of this kind. The only point that can be made is this: has renegotiation been carried on on a proper basis? Neither the hon. member for Vancouver South nor myself is in a position to express an opinion on that. I cannot see that a committee can be appointed to deal with it now. If the house were in session for
a longer time and the war expenditures committee were sitting, then there would be a possibility of hearing these people and having them explain their case. In lieu of that we shall have to take the statement of the Minister of Munitions and Supply. He has given me an insight into it that I did not have before.

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