Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I come now to the question of the affairs of the house, and of the ministers who will be acting in the absence of others, during the time that the Minister of Finance and I will be away from Ottawa. As the house is aware, when I have been absent on recent occasions, the Minister of Finance has been Acting Prime Minister. As Mr. Ilsley will not be here during my absence on this occasion, I have asked my colleague the Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent) if he would take on the duties of Acting Prime Minister and he has agreed to do so. I assured him that if he were willing to assume the responsibility and the announcement were made to the house, he would see for himself, as he has now seen, how acceptable his decision would prove to be. In the absence of the Minister of Finance, my colleague the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Abbott, will be Acting Minister of Finance. The Minister of Justice, Mr. St. Laurent, will be Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, as he has been on previous occasions, and my colleague, Mr. Mackenzie, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, will be acting president , of the council and will also continue to exercise, in the very efficient manner in which he has in the past, supervision over the organization of the business of the house, as house leader. In the absence of the Minister of
Health and Welfare (Mr. Claxton) the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. McCann) will be acting Minister of National Health and Welfare.
I should like to thank the house for the responsive manner in which it has received these several announcements.
Subtopic: ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH ABSENCE OF PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE