March 27, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)



Mr. Dunning, seconded
by Mr. Crerar, moves that said estimates be referred to the committee of supply.
Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): I wanted to make an explanation with respect to that. The special committee on Canadian National Railway affairs has not yet been set up. It is desirable, I believe, that estimates of that character should be referred to that committee, and an effort is now being made to set it up, but this being a supplementary for 1929-30 should really be passed through both houses and assented to before the end of the fiscal year. I think it would be better if for the present the motion to refer could be deferred pending the setting up of the special committee. I presume we cannot refer a matter to a committee which is not yet in existence. Later on in the day the whips may be able to arrange the personnel of the committee and we may then refer the estimates to it.

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