First of all, the rule is that on consideration of an appropriation bill in Committee of the Whole it is within the right of any hon. member to question any minister. The hon. member spoke about agreements. It was agreed among the House leaders that the opposition would designate several ministers whom they would like to question intensively. Yesterday, the President of the Treasury Board was here all afternoon. Other ministers were present but there were indications from the other side that they wanted to stay with the
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President of the Treasury Board. I scurried around during the question period making sure that things were properly organized. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce will be here at 4.30, the Minister of Transport is here now, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources will be here at five o'clock and remain until ten o'clock this evening to answer questions. Basically I am supporting the agreement made between the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre, the House leader for our side and the House leader for the Conservative side.
Subtopic: BUSINESS OF SUPPLY