Mr. Chairman, one particular point that struck me in this debate was the demand made by my leader for a parliamentary committee to examine these estimates, because it becomes very obvious to everybody as the debate proceeds that nobody has the slightest knowledge of what these estimates are all about. Nobody is in a position-I was going to say "including the minister" but possibly I might make an exception in his case-to know what they are all about. Therefore I suggest to the minister and to the Prime Minister particularly that it is difficult to see how this suggestion or demand can possibly be ignored, and I trust that we will have this opportunity. Those members of the House of Commons who have some conception of military and
defence affairs generally would have an opportunity to examine these estimates and present a report to the rest of us.
I think this is an extremely reasonable request or demand, and I would certainly urge it on the Prime Minister as almost a necessity; because I do not think the people of this country are going to be satisfied if they know that about half the annual budget is being passed without anybody having a critical look at it, and that is exactly what is happening under present circumstances.
If the government will not accede to this demand, I believe the people of the country will make their wishes known in no uncertain terms. My final word is an appeal-I put it on those grounds-to the Minister of National Defence to use all his influence with his colleagues, particularly with the Prime Minister, to see that this aim is achieved. I am quite certain that in the long run he will be very much the gainer.
Topic: PIPE LINES
Subtopic: TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO AMOUNTS ADVANCED TO DATE