That leave be granted the Select Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines; and Banking and Commerce; and on Miscellaneous Private Bills, to sit during the time the House is in session.
No committee on any private Bill originating in this House, of which notice is required to be given, is to consider the same until after one week'3 notice of the sitting of such committee has been first affixed in the lobby; nor, in the case of any such Bill originating in the Senate, until after twenty-four hours' like notice.
On the day of the posting of any Bill under this rule, the Clerk of the House shall cause a notice of such posting to be appended to the printed Votes and Proceedings of the day.
Before you leave the Chair, Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask for your ruling upon a point of order connected with the rides and proceedings of this House. The rule, as laid down in the Rules and Orders, for Monday is :
Private Bills, questions to be put by members, notices of motion, public Bills and orders, government notices of motion, and government orders.
This rule has been set aside by resolution of the House, and the order of business under that resolution comes into force today. That resolution passed on Wednesday last, is as follows :-
On motion of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, it was ordered, that commencing with Monday next, this House shall meet for the remainder of the session at 11 o'clock of the morning of each sitting day ; that in addition to the usual intermission at 6 o'clock p.m., there shall be also an intermission on each day from 1 to 3 o'clock p.m.; and that government orders shall have precedence at all such sittings after questions, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Now, Sir, are private Bills government orders or are we about to make a private Bill a government measure or a government order ? If not, then we are transcending the authority granted by the House on motion of the leader of the House in regard to the business it is proposed to adopt at this sitting. The point I take is, that we have no right under this resolution to proceed with the consideration of private Bills because this day has been taken by motion on the part of the government for the purpose of attending to and proceeding with government business.
The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).
I am sure that my hon. friend (Mr. Charlton) cannot be serious in such a contention. According to the standing orders the order of the day on Monday is :
Private Bills, questions to be put by members.
I provide in the motion that government orders shall have precedence after questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The programme Is interfered with only after questions ; the programme remains the same as to private Bills, and then follow questions and government orders.
The point of order is not well taken because the motion passed the other day provides only that government business shall have precedence after questions. The order concerning private Bills on Mondays remains as it was.
On the order :
House again in committee on Bill (No. 103) relating to an agreement between the government of Manitoba and the Canadian Northern Railway Company respecting certain railways.- Mr. Mclsaac.