March 19, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell:

Mr. Chairman, I submit, and I am going to suggest, that no reason has been given us for the first two subclauses of this bill, and that the reasons given seven years ago are irrelevant.
I again submit it is relevant to raise the question as to the need for the powers. This clause is really asking extraordinary powers. I hope to be able to convince the committee, or I shall try to convince the committee, that these powers are not necessary. I believe the situation has greatly changed since 1947, and we are happy that it should be so. I believe we shall find that not very much action has had to be taken under these powers in the last year or two. I come back, Mr. Chairman, and suggest that I believe it is relevant to consider the whole question of
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Export and Import Permits Act handing over to the legislative branch of government the power to act by order in council.

Topic:   EXPORT AND IMPORT PERMITS ACT
Subtopic:   EXTENSION OF CONTROL OF STRATEGIC MATERIALS
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