May 15, 1980 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stevens:

Mr. Chairman, I rise on a point of order. If I understand the hon. member's remarks properly, she now seems to be directing her remarks and possible questions to the Minister of Transport. As I understand it, the general understanding was that we would be dealing with the President of the Treasury Board, and when questions had ended with respect to that minister, we would then shift to another of the possibly three other ministers.
There is likely to be utter confusion if speakers direct questions to various ministers, and I should like a ruling. Are we going to deal with the President of the Treasury Board or
do we shift to somebody else? As I indicated last evening, I sense an inference that people, especially on the government side, and, possibly, in the NDP, were wanting to shelter the President of the Treasury Board, that somehow they had no questions for the President of the Treasury Board; they were not concerned about spending levels in this country or about rising deficits. If the hon. member is saying, in effect, that she has no concern about the cost overruns which have been revealed, no concern about these rising expenditures, I think we should get the air cleared. Is it not true that we are supposed to be dealing with the President of the Treasury Board in Committee of the Whole at the present time? If so, let's get on with it.

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