As there are some sixty-five orders on the Order Paper, Public Bills and Orders, and as this will preclude the possibility of dealing with any of these without the consent of the government, I would ask if I could not have an opportunity of passing the motion which I ineffectually endeavoured to have passed some time ago, when the First Minister moved the adjournment of the debate. I submit that the motion is a reasonable one ; a similar motion was moved on a previous occasion in this House without opposition and I hold the printed copy of it here. This motion really goes farther than my motion. As the Mr. J. J. HUGHES. !
matter is of importance not only to myself but to both parties as the return would do no injustice I would ask the First Minister to consent to the passing of my motion.
I am sorry to say that there are several members who have motions or Bills which they would like to have an opportunity to bring to the attention of the House. However, we have come to the period of the session when this motion taking Monday for government business is usually passed. If my hon. friend will allow the matter to stand, perhaps he and I can settle it.
As this is the 40th anniversary of the death of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, I would like to know what steps the government are likely to take in regard to the fulfilment of a promise made by the hon. Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) on the 25th April last year in respect to the erection of a monument to his memory?
There would be no difficulty in so far as I am personally concerned, but knowing that the House was going to be moved into Committee of Supply to-day I informed a number of -hon. members who wish to speak upon this subject that the discussion would take place to-day. It seems to be an inconvenient custom to introduce into this House that supporters of the government, without giving notice, should be able to arrange for a discussion, presumably of an amicable character, just at the stage when the House is moved into Committee of Supply. It is the proper moment, as I understand it, to air grievances, and it is for that reason that I would be rather disposed to insist upon what appears to be my right.
I beg my hon. friend's pardon. I think there was only one motion to go into Supply which was made in order to vote a certain amount of Supply to meet the pressing needs of the fiscal year ending on the 31st March.