February 26, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

My object in making the request at this time is to point out to the minister what we think was a failure in the practice adopted previously in connection with this matter. We are anxious to give the closest scrutiny to the war expenditures this year and it would very much help those of us who will have that responsibility to have laid before the house at an earlier stage than usual the detailed expenditures by departments. In the past, as the minister well knows, not until he had given his statement in the committee were these details actually known to those of us who wish to scrutinize them carefully and direct questions accordingly. If the minister could carry out the suggestion I have made this afternoon the position so far as we are concerned would be similar to that with respect to ordinary civil estimates. The expenditures under the war appropriation bill are by far the most important of our expenditures, and for that reason I should like the minister to give careful consideration to the suggestion I have made.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE BY DEPARTMENTS WITH DETAILED BREAK-DOWN
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