January 29, 1963 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)

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Mr. Marlin@Essex Easl

What arrangement is being made to see that there is consultation with farmers' organizations, as well as with labour organizations, business organizations and, as my hon. friend from Bona-vista-Twillingate points out, as one would expect, with organizations of fishermen. These are important considerations.
Mr. Chairman, I say to the minister this. This clause will determine at this stage of our discussion whether the government really intends to make this an effective board. If this is going to be simply another deception, another fagade presenting something that is going to look good in form but with no real substance behind it, then we might as well know right now. But if it is to be a board capable of providing the planning we need in this country at this time, then we are entitled to ask the government to give evidence of its earnestness. This is the kind of board which should be dealing with unemployment, the balance of payments problem and other aspects of our economic life. It should have power and a relationship to the government away beyond what the ordinary board traditionally appointed by governments has been able to do under our system of government.

Topic:   NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR DEFINITION OF DUTIES, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, ETC.
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