November 6, 1945 (20th Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. M. MACDONNELL (Muskoka-Ontario):

I should like to make one or two observations on this resolution. First of all, I was considerably taken aback at the remark of the Minister of Finance; I am sure he would not like anyone else to refer to him as "loose", but if he does it himself I suppose we have to take his own word for it.
I should like to ask a question which seems to me very important. If this resolution passes, and if it goes to the committee as a reference to consider this very wide range of expenditures, notwithstanding the statement of the Minister of Finance that what the committee was primarily to concern itself with was current practices, does it mean that this house is really precluded from considering these expenditures? In other words, if this resolution carries, has every hon. member except those on the committee foreclosed himself from any effective discussion of these items?

Topic:   DEFENCE AND DEMOBILIZATION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER EXPENDITURES AND DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS WAR ASSETS
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