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


Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)


Mr. Abbott:

I can see my hon. friend's point. I must confess this, and it is the voice of experience speaking. I believe that it is difficult if not impossible to carry out control measures of this kind without conferring a wide measure of discretion upon the executive. From my point of view that is one of the objectionable features of control measures. I do not like them as such. I do not believe in them as such, except under special circumstances. But when you are obliged to have them, I suggest that one of the penalties

if it is a penalty; and I know perhaps my hon. friends in the C.C.F. party would not agree that there was any particular objection to that-or one of the features of that is that you must give a substantial measure of discretion to the executive and to the people whom the executive appoints to administer them, in order to make them bearable as far as the public are concerned. You must have that degree of flexibility in there, and you cannot spell it out too definitely. You are likely to be tied up unless you keep parliament continuously in session so that you can make amendments from day to day. That is one of the features that I found inevitable in these controls.

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