I have no desire to offer any criticism to the suggested programme outlined by the First Minister. I would like to emphasize the suggestion offered by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden) that as the 23rd of May will be a Tuesday, by adjourning on the previous Friday, the 19th of May, there would not be a great deal of time lost, none that could not be made up by sitting a little later at night. A large portion of the time of the western members will be taken up in going to and coming from our several homes, six days each way, and to some extent the same thing applies to the eastern members. We have already had two adjournments in this long session, at Christmas and Easter, and with this third adjournment each western member will have lost 36 days in travelling during these recesses.
The date fixed for the reassembling of parliament is in the middle of the very hottest season in Ottawa. We have had a strenuous session owing to illness during the hard and unusual winter, and I know that our western members rather enjoy our own mild climate and consider it quite a hardship to have to come back here in the intense heat. For that reason I would again suggest that instead of Tuesday, July 18, the Prime Minister should make the date two weeks later, Tuesday, August 1.