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

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

This question of procedure is a matter of opinion on which my hon. friend and I may differ. His opinion is available and so is mine. The usual procedure in legislation of this kind-I refer notably to the Foreign Exchange Control Act-is not to have an expiration date but to leave it to parliament to repeal the legislation at such time as it is felt proper to do so. In this case, as in the case of the Foreign Exchange Control Act, it was felt desirable to put in a termination date.
It is always open to any hon. member who has ceased to have confidence in the government to base a motion of want of confidence, either on the address or at another appropriate time, on the fact that this act should be repealed or that it is not being administered properly. As to opportunity for discussion, it should be remembered that this will be under the administration of the Minister of Finance. I shall have to make provision in my

Consumer Credit Act
estimates for its administration and anyone who wishes to ask questions will be perfectly free to do so. I cannot see a great deal of validity in the point raised by my hon. friend that the termination date should be a nearer date than July 31, 1952.

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