Mr. KING (Kootenay):
not be much doubt in the minds of the members, because I find on going back over Hansard that this question of amalgamation has been suggested not only from this side of the house but from the other. In Hansard of June 12, 1925, the hon. member for Yale (Mr. Stirling), who apparently had given very considerable study to the affairs of the department, had this to say, as reported on page 4219:
i\ [y criticism is that this department has outlived its usefulness, and that considerable economies could be effected were it abolished.
And so on. His opinion was to some extent confirmed by another hon. member opposite. I refer to the hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Manion). I cannot just place my hands on his reference, but he commended the hon member for Yale for
having given to much study to this department, and for his speech in reference to it. In 1923 the hon. member for South Wellington (Mr. Guthrie) had this to say, as reported on page 3893 of Hansard:
As we are drawing into the fifth or sixth year since the conclusion of actual hostilities, the time is coming for a consolidation of some of the departments of government, and the one which is due first for consolidation is, I think, the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment.
And he goes on. So the subject is not a new one to the members of the house nor to the members of the government.