Mr. Chairman, I regret not to say, as several others have said, that I do not have a long speech to deliver before the adoption of this measure. However, in spite of the urgency such a measure may present for the economy of the country, I must, before the adoption of the first section of the bill, express my astonishment that we should always be in the habit of translating the English word "board" by the French word "office". Without being an expert linguist, I wonder whether it would not be a good thing to point out that this word "office" is not the proper term for the French translation of the title of this bill. In fact, if we consider that the word "office" means much more a function or a group of functions than a body-although I know there are several expert linguists in the Department of National Revenue, as well as in the other divisions of the government-I submit it would perhaps be a good thing to substitute for the word "office" the word "conseil".
Now, if we refer to various dictionaries, and among the most important, we note that this word means much more a series of functions than a body. Now, I would not dare believe that the government would like this body to play the role described by the word "office" in Quillet, a well-known dictionary which gives the following definition of the word "office", used in an administrative sense:
Atlantic Development Board The setting up of "offices" is to let certain industrial and commercial establishments escape from the rules of public accounting and to bring them as close as possible to private management procedures.
I do not think it is the aim of the government to have this body escape from the control of the government.
That is my suggestion, and after having consulted its expert linguists, the government may, if it is advisable, propose the appropriate amendment. If it does, I will have contributed a little to a better interpretation of this legislation and especially to its being more adequately titled.
Topic: ATLANTIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR DEFINITION OF DUTIES, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, ETC.