Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, I shall give consideration to what appears to be a request.
Then we find that the matter was revived a month later. Hansard of March 11, 1957 indicates at page 2064 that the hon. member for Greenwood returned to his question and asked the minister of finance:
Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Finance whether it is the intention to have the governor of the Bank of Canada, now that the report is out, appear before the banking and commerce committee as he has done in the past?
To this question the minister of finance, Mr. Harris, made the following reply:
Mr. Speaker, I think I may have slightly misled the house-
He was obviously referring to what he had said earlier on February 14, which I have read:
Mr. Speaker, I think I may have slightly misled the house and the hon. member for Greenwood by a reference I made in answer to a question such as this earlier in the session. I find that it has not been a custom for the governor of the Bank of Canada to appear before the banking and commerce committee. It is true that the former governor and the present one have appeared before it on occasion but a good deal less frequently than I had thought when I made the answer. It would therefore not be correct to say that it has been customary, although on occasion it has been done. I shall consider whether or not it ought to be done in this case.
That is the end of the quotation and having considered it he did not propose that the report go to the committee.
Topic: BANK OF CANADA