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

NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

I shall tell the hon. member for York-Peel that we are now discussing in Committee of the Whole clause 2 of the bill and clause 2 provides for fractions of every estimate in the book. So any member who gets the floor can speak to any aspect of the estimates he wishes.
As opposition parties we have said we would like four ministers to be here-the President of the Treasury Board, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. In other words, we cannot complain if the other ministers are not here, but the member who gets the floor nevertheless has the right to speak to whatever section of the estimates he pleases. Having spent yesterday with the President of the Treasury Board we have decided that our speakers who get the floor today, in their turn, will deal first with the Minister of Transport, then with the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and finally with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. I believe Your Honour will have to recognize, considering what we are debating under clause 2 of the bill, that that procedure is perfectly in order, and so is the hon. member for South West Nova.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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