Mr. W. W. KENNEDY (Winnipeg South Centre):
Mr. Speaker, in discussing Bill No. 86, the purpose of which is to set up a dominion trade and industry commission, 1 hope not to detain the house at length but to confine my remarks to one phase of the principle of the bill, reserving until it has reached the committee stage a discussion of the details.
I should like first, however, to make a few observations of a somewhat personal nature. When speaking last night I made certain references to the official attitude of the opposition towards the implementation of the price spreads commission recommendations, and the hon. member for Hants-Kings (Mr. Ilsley) took exception in these words:
But I do not think the hon. member should have imputed the motives he did to those who express sincere objections to some of the recommendations of the price spreads commission.
I should like to state frankly that when I made my reference to the official attitude of the opposition I was referring to the attitude as reflected by the official financial critical critic of that body, namely the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth (Mr. Ralston). So far as the hon. member for Hants-Kings is concerned-and I might speak more freely if he were not in his seat-I would say that I had not that hon. member in mind. I have known him in this house for some years and during that time have formed the highest admiration of his fairness in dealing with all matters, and of his sincerity as well. In addition I had the pleasure of sitting with him as one of a special committee dealing with price spreads and mass buying, and later for a period of six months as a fellow member of the royal commission. I can say that throughout that time his attitude was the very fairest and most helpful. Time and again when futile arguments arose he displayed the rare ability of putting into precise language amendments disposing of the difficulties. I may add that the relations between all members of the committee and the royal commission throughout the whole time were of the most friendly nature and all cooperated in the greatest possible measure. In fact, whatever merit has been accorded the
Trade Commission-Mr. Kennedy (Winnipeg)
report which as chairman I had the privilege of signing, is fully and freely shared by me with all the members of the commission.
I believe it would' be in order for m to say a word or two concerning the other persons who assisted in the preparation of the report. I refer particularly to the secretariat and the economic advisers. Mr. L. B. Pearson of the Department of External affairs acted as secretary, and Messrs. J. M. Boyer and R. A. Cameron as assistant secretaries. If I may ibe permitted to single out Mr. Pearson I would say that he was no ordinary secretary. I believe all members of the commission will join with me in paying the highest possible tribute to the assistance given to the commission and all members of it by Mr. Pearson. We were further assisted by economic advisers in the persons of Doctor W. J. Couper, Professor A. C. Curtis of Queens University, Doctor A. Rive of the Department of External Affairs, Mr. C. S. A. Ritchie of the same department, and other gentlemen whose names do not occur to me at. the moment but who rendered notable service. Apart from them I was tremendously impressed by the calibre of the civil servants who assisted us, those who occupying positions of trust in various departments were consulted from time to time to assist us in matters being studied by the commission. One and* all rendered most valuable service. I could not conclude these observations without acknowledging the great courtesies extended to the committee and the commission by Doctor Beauchesne, Clerk of the House of Commons, and Major Gregg, Sergeant-at-Arms, in making comfortable quarters available for our use.
Topic: TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMISSION