After the vote was taken at yesterday's sitting on the amendment proposed by Mr. Bennett on Mr. Stevens's resolution, I decided that, the amendment having been voted in the affirmative, there was no need to again propose the principal motion as amended to the House.
I have since carefully examined this question and I have ascertained by referring to authors that the question as amended should have again been placed before the House.
Here is what May says, at page 291, 11th edition:
If the House resolve " that the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question," the original question is put; but if they resolve that such words should not stand part of the question by negativing that proposition when put, the next question proposed is that the words proposed to be substituted, be inserted or added instead thereof. This latter question being resolved in the affirmative, the main question so amended is put.
Bourinot, at page 439, 3rd edition, says:
If the amendment be negatived, the Speaker will again propose the main question, and a debate may ensue thereon or another amendment may then be submitted. On the other hand, If the House adopt the amendment, then the Speaker will again propose the question in these words: " Is It the pleasure of the House to adopt the main motion so amended."
There are also numerous precedents, amongst others, at the sitting of the 6th June, 1904, as reported at page 431 of the Votes and Proceedings of that year, on a motion of Mr. Champagne, that Bill No. 110, " An Act respecting the Ottawa Electric Company," be read a third time, Mr. Puttee moved in amendment that all the word's after the word " that " in the main motion be left out and that other words be substituted therefor. This amendment of Mr. Puttee having been voted in the affirmative, the principal motion, as amended, was again submitted to the House.
Another precedent is found in the Votes and Proceedings of the session of 1906-07, at page 185. On a motion of Mr. Heron, Mr. Knowles presented an amendment
which proposed to omit all the words of the principal motion after that, to add other words. There was a vote on that amendment of Mir. Knowles' and it was voted in the affirmative. After this vote on the amendment, the motion as amended was' submitted to the House and accepted on division.
After the vote taken at yesterday's sitting, Sir Robert Borden proposed the adjournment of the House and nothing prevented making this motion; but Mr. Stevens' motion, as amended, is still pending and should be on the Orders of the Day to be taken at another sitting, and I have given instructions to the Clerk to reinstate the motion on the Orders of the Day in its proper place.
Subtopic: PROCEDURE ON AMENDMENTS.