May 28, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

The Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) intimated last week that a committee might be appointed to which the government might communicate certain information. I believe *that everyone who is in the house this afternoon feels a sense of grave responsibility, and I am urging upon the government that this parliament be taken fully into its confidence and that this committee be appointed immediately so that we may be apprised of the situation, because after all the security of Canada may be involved. The Prime Minister might see fit even to arrange for a secret session of the house. There are many questions running through our minds at the present time, and we are alarmed, and we want to get certain questions answered. I was wondering whether the Prime Minister would speed up the appointment of a committee or make some other arrangement so that we may get the information which some of us would like to hear from the government.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF KEFERENCE OF WAR APPROPRIATION BILL TO COMMITTEE-FURNISHING INFORMATION TO MEMBERS
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