Mr. Chairman, the details of the proposed bill having to do with interim supply have been given to the official opposition. We have looked at them and I believe that on the face of it the statement made by the minister is in accordance with the fact that this has been the practice in previous years under similar circumstances. Had this measure been introduced prior to the statement made by the Prime Minister concerning the date of the election, there would unquestionably have been strenuous opposition from this side of the house. However, now that we know the date of the election and as the proposed bill is couched in the language we now have before us there would be no purpose in objecting to its form or substance.
I note also that in his statement the minister has made it quite clear that members of the opposition and, for that matter, members of the house, will retain their right to discuss any of these items at a future time and he has given his undertaking that the voting of this interim supply will not in any way prejudice the right of members to criticize these items. In view of the fact that the form
and substance of the bill are similar to what was proposed when we were on the other side of the house, there is no objection on our part to the measure in its present form.