That raises the point
which I will come to next and that is the other point that was dealt with the other night by the ex-Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King). As regards his first objection that no oath was taken. I think I have clearly established, to the satisfaction of anyone who has an open mind on the subject, that there is no legal, no statutory requirement, no regulation or order in council which prescribes that an oath should be taken even in the case of a minister being appointed as a member of the government with portfolio. In that case, however, custom does require an oath, and although I do not think it is necessary for me to read it, the form of the oath is as follows:
I, do solemnly and sincerely promise
and swear that I will duly and faithfully and to the best of my skill and knowledge execute the powers and trusts reposed in me as Minister of .
So help me God.
That oath is, I think, in every instance required by custom of a man who becomes a minister with a portfolio, but it is never required of an acting minister or a minister without portfolio.