February 22, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

NAT

Harry Rutherford Jackman

National Government

Mr. H. R. JACKMAN (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, in speaking on the amendment, I wish to say first of all that I was happy to

War Expenditures-Mr. Jackman
be associated with the hon. member for Rose-town-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) in moving that the hearings of our subcommittee be held in open and not in camera. That of course was subject to the usual provision, that should any of the evidence touch upon matters which might give comfort to the enemy, then the committee should hold its sittings in camera. It may be of interest to this house to know that that motion was overwhelmingly defeated, that only three members supported it, namely the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar, the hon. member for Waterloo South (Mr. Homuth) and myself, and that all government supporters were against it. However, the hearings were held in camera, and on the day when the committee published its report there appeared in the press at the same time a statement issued by the leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. That statement said, among other things:
The committee, in its attempt to whitewash the aluminum deal, succeeded only in making itself ridiculous.
Sir, I believe that that almost rises to a point of privilege on behalf of the members of that committee, apart from the hon_ member who uttered the statement.

Topic:   WAR EXPENDITURES
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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