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


Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)


Mr. Abbott:

This bill, of course, does not relate to that type of control, and I do not know that I am anxious to get led into a discussion of discretionary controls at this time. Certainly experience again showed during the war that in the case of these capital controls -that is, the control of building products- the only way they can be made effective is by giving to some minister or to some official the right to issue a permit to build such and such a thing.
That is an extremely difficult control to administer. I know that my colleague, the Minister of Trade and Commerce, is often accused of wishing to arrogate to himself great powers. But I know that he just shudders at the thought of being

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