February 11, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Following the discussion we
have had, and since the Prime Minister and I have become much more intimate on the subject of asking questions, at the pain and the risk of receiving another little scolding I should like to ask another question. I shall not however, ask any more questions of the Prime Minister until I have given him due notice. Perhaps the Minister of Finance will be in a position to answer the question I have in mind. It arises from a Canadian press dispatch dated at Chicago, February 9, in these terms: .
Donald Gordon, chairman of the wartime prices and trade board, forecast indirectly in a speech here to-night the extension of coupon rationing to commodities not yet under control, and the introduction of a "point system" of rationing for some lines of goods.
Will the minister explain to the house why, when parliament is in session, such an important announcement, affecting every citizen in Canada, should be made by the chairman of a board, rather than by the appropriate minister in the house? I raise this point not as a matter of carping criticism, but as a matter of principle. I would caution the government that when parliament is in session we shall expect all announcements of the kind to be made in this house by the minister in charge of the department. Perhaps the minister would also say whether this statement of policy made by Mr. Gordon was at the minister's direction and with his consent and approval.

Topic:   RATIONING
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF ADDRESS OF DONALD GORDON IN CHICAGO
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