Mr. David A. Croll (Spadina):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house will not expect me to follow in length the speech which has just been made. I am not joining in the filibuster; consequently, I shall not be so long. On this side of the house many will say I have made more sense than has the hon. member who just sat down.
In so far as the bill is concerned, I took the hon. gentleman's advice over the week end and I re-read the bill mainly because I was intrigued with his description of it as a socialist measure. When I found the bill standing in the name of the Prime Minister, I hardly thought that he could be referred to as the greatest socialist in the Dominion of Canada. If the opposition is attempting to sell that bill of goods to the people of Canada, they have a hard task ahead of them, because this very bill has been on the statute books for four years with all the present powers, and the people of Canada have been glad to accept its benefits.
I welcome C.C.F. support and I expected Tory opposition. The C.C.F. are right for the wrong reasons and the Tories are wrong for the wrong reasons. As I understand the position of the official opposition, and I had occasion to reread the speeches of the hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker), the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green) and the hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Hansell), they agree that the department should be established; they do not quarrel too much with the powers of the department but they then say that the chief objection is that the powers are given in
perpetuity, and they ask that there be a review after a period of two or three years. That, in my opinion, is a tenable position and I intend to deal with it in due course.
When the opposition speak of abrogating the rights of parliament, and the denial of the rule of law, they are much beyond this bill. Let me say to hon. members, and particularly to those who are wont to use the term "perpetuity", nothing is irrevocable. Parliament gives and parliament takes, and what parliament can do parliament can undo.
Topic: DEFENCE PRODUCTION ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS RESPECTING SALARY OF MINISTER AND EXPIRY OF ACT