September 11, 1950 (21st Parliament, 3rd Session)


Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

I am reminded that the Minister of Finance has complained about arguments from this side of the house on the ground that they were arguments by assertion. We now seem to have a new type of legislation, legislation by assertion. I am interested in the preamble to this bill for at least two reasons. One is that we seem to be getting in these bills today a new basis for legislation. If the government is not satisfied that it has authority to go into a certain field, and if on the other hand the government does not want to declare an emergency and base its legislation thereon, it would seem that they are now trying to get by with a special kind of preamble. The preamble becomes the basis for the legislation the government wants to bring in.

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