Mr. E. G. HANSELL (Macleod):
Mr. Speaker, before the bill is given third reading I should like to say a few words. I am not going to make an extended speech because I know it is desired to have the bill read a third time to-night. We went through the sections rather hurriedly, and I rise now only to protest about the provisions of section 5, subsection 2, which deals with the powers to bury orders and directions. A careful reading of that section will show that very wide powers are being given to the minister. As was stated this afternoon on another measure, some of us are a little reluctant at placing so much power in the hands of the government. This section reads:
(2) AH orders and regulations of the governor in council made under the War Expenditure and Demobilization Appropriation Act, No. I, 1945, and this Act shall have the force of law and may be varied, extended, or revoked by any subsequent order or regulation, but if any order or regulation is varied, extended or revoked neither the previous operation thereof nor anything duly done thereunder shall be affected thereby, nor shall any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued, accruing or incurred thereunder be affected by any such variation, extension or revocation.
I am quite certain I do not know what I have read, for legal language is always a tongue twister and a mind twister. However, it is obvious that under that section the minister has tremendous powers, and I wish to protest against such powers being given to the minister.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR APPROPRIATION OF $1,365,000,000 FOR WAR PURPOSES, DEMOBILIZATION, PROMOTION OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, ETC.