Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of fhe Opposition):
I should like to address a
question to the Minister of Agriculture. Is it the intention to proceed today with the agricultural products marketing bill after the health insurance bill has been considered? Would the minister say whether or not representations have been received by him or other members of the cabinet in opposition to the bill? If so, from whom have they been received, and will the minister table the representations that have been made?
Hon. V/. E. Harris (Minisier of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, may I answer with respect to the procedural part of the question.
Representations have been received this morning, not in opposition to the bill but suggesting certain amendments which might carry out more effectually the purpose of the bill, and those suggestions are to be followed by more direct reference to what is desired. Just before we came into the house I gave the assurance that until we had received the particular representations the bill would not be called or, at any rate, not passed. I think telegrams are to be received which will tell us precisely what is required but these representations are not in objection to the bill. They are for the purpose of furthering the bill.
On the other point I have no answer to make because I have received no objections to the bill. As soon as I have received the representations I have mentioned, we shall consider them to see whether or not the bill ought to be delayed, or whether the proposed amendments coming forward could be put in the bill in the normal course at the committee stage.
Subtopic: PROCEDURE RESPECTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING BILL