Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):
The Minister of Transport will remember that when the defence purchasing board legislation was before the house last year, considerable pressure was brought to bear from various parts of this chamber to have provision made that no member of the board should be a shareholder or stockholder in any armament firm, and the government brought in an amendment providing accordingly, but it was finally deleted by another body. The defence purchasing board was later merged with the war supply board, and the war supply board is now merged with the Department of Munitions and Supply. But the principle is still a good one; and in view of the fact that the government gave assent to the principle, I am wondering if it is being carried out so that those responsible for placing orders and for letting contracts under the minister shall be in no wise connected with the firms receiving the contracts; not because we are suspicious of everyone, but because the people of Canada would have a greater measure of confidence if they were perfectly certain that the men responsible for letting contracts on such a large scale were in
War Appropriation Bill
no wise connected with the business firms receiving the orders. Is that principle being carried out?
Topic: WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY