Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister; moved:
That this House shall meet on Saturday, the 20th inst., and on all Saturdays until the end of the session, the hours of sitting and the order of precedence for business to be the same as on Fridays; and that on and from Monday, the 22nd instant, and until the end of the' session the House shall meet each day at 11 o'clock in the morning, and that in addition to the usual intermission at 6 o'clock, p.m., there shall be an intermission from one to three-o'clock, p.m.
He said: I make this motion with the
view of expediting the business of the session, and with the feeling that hon. members on both sides desire to make the necessary progress. As far as I can gather, the only possible objection to it would be that some of the committees might have to meet while the House is in session. That after all is not a very great inconvenieence as far as a good deal of the business is concerned. It is proposed also that we should meet on Saturdays until the end of the session. That, of course, imposes a very much greater burden upon the members of the Government than upon any other members of this House, inasmuch as Saturday is the day reserved for meetings of Council, and as a matter of fact practically the whole day is taken up for that purpose. Nevertheless, in order that business may be expedited, we will endeavour on convenient occasions to get through with the work usually done on Saturdays. I hope this motion will commend itself to the House.