Before the committee proceeds further with the consideration of this item, I wish to -say that on Saturday evening, when this item was under consideration,' the hon. member for St. John (Mr. Pugsley) proposed to this resolution the following amendment:
That after the word " approve " in the third line from the bottom of the particulars of the proposed vote, there should be added the fol-[DOT] lowing words. " Before making such loan the Governor in Council shall require the company to give to His Majesty the King an option to acquire at any time within five years from the date thereof the railways and other property of the company and of all other railways and property included in the Canadian Northern railway system at such price as to the Governor in Council may seem reasonable under existing circumstances."
On the subject of amendments in committee, May, 11th edition, at page 615, says:
Each resolution for a grant forms a distinct motion, which can only be dealt with by being agreed tc, required, negatived, superseded, or, by leave, withdrawn; ... here the power of the committee ceases. The committee may vote or reduce a grant, or may reduce the amount thereof, either by a reduction of the whole grant, or by the omission or reduction of the items of expenditure of which the grant *s composed; but the committee have no other function.
Again, at page 616:
Nor can the committee attach a condition or an expression of opinion to a grant.
The powers of the committee in this connection are so circumscribed that it does not appear that the House itself could give instructions or authority to the Committee of Supply >to propose such an amendment. On this point, I quote May, 11th edition, at page 607:
An instruction to the Committee of Supply cannot be moved, as, following the Speaker's ruling; " nothing can be brought on in that committee of which notice has not been given in detail, by the Estimates laid before the House."
It, therefore, in my judgment, appears to be clear that the amendment of the hon. member for St. John is not in order, and I so rule.