May 11, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

If this motion were disposed of as worded, it would take this Wednesday also from private members. That was not intended; it was intended that private members should have this coming Wednesday, so that the motion will have to be changed a little to read:
That after Wednesday, the 13th May next . . .
I should like to take the house into my confidence as to the cause of the delay in making an announcement. The illness of the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Ryck-man) has greatly retarded the work in which I am engaged, and by reason of the seriousness of his illness, I am unable to make a definite statement. We had certain very definite matters arranged for a certain definite date, and that day he was taken ill. He has not been able to come to Ottawa since, but in no event shall we postpone the budget until June, I can assure my right hon. friend, although I shall have to go on without the assistance of the hon. gentleman who has given a great deal of attention to the matter during the last two months, and who has taken extraordinary care with respect to a large number of items. Without his assistance I feel very much lost, but that is the position and I think it is right to say so to the house.
Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON WEDNESDAYS-DATE OF BUDGET
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