March 19, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I indicated earlier in the week that I would have something further to say about this resolution today. As hon. members know, the government is hoping that we shall get through on Wednesday afternoon. In some respects the house has not made quite the progress this week that we had hoped it might make; in other respects we have done perhaps even better than we had expected. I think I should allow the motion to stand until Tuesday. By that time it will be possible to know definitely whether we can afford to adjourn on Wednea-day afternoon. I may say that if it appears reasonably certain that we can complete by Wednesday afternoon such essential business as I shall now indicate, the motion will be amended so as to read that when the house adjourns on Wednesday, March 24, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, April 5.
The Minister of Finance has authorized me to say that provision will be made in the supplementary estimates for members' travelling expenses to and from their homes, as has been provided for other short recesses during the past few years. Those who find it more convenient to travel by air will be entitled to do so. [DOT]
I wish now to indicate what remains to be covered between now and the close of Wednesday afternoon if we are to adjourn at that time. If we are not through by Wednesday at six o'clock we shall have to sit, I think, on Wednesday night and possibly also on Thursday. There are amendments to the wheat act. That will be the first item taken up this afternoon. Then there is the Agricultural Products Act which has to go through different stages; then amendments to the emergency tax legislation, covering amendments to the Excise Tax Act and the Customs Act, including the imposition of new taxes and the removal of the old ones.
These have all been mentioned before. I am not certain that I said anything definite about supply. The Minister of Finance did make some reference thereto. Therq are some supplementary estimates to be brought down for the present fiscal year with the resulting supply bill, and then there will be an interim supply bill.
In regard to the supplementary estimates, I would say that so far 'as discussion on these is concerned the government will expect naturally that there will be some debate, but there will not likely be an item in the supplemen-taries that will not be paralleled by what appears in the general estimates, under which discussion on parallel items could take place later on. I think that covers all I have to say at the moment.
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