My attention has been directed to language used during the debate last evening by the hon. member for St. Hyacinthe at a time when I happened to be out of the Chamber. The hon. member (Mr. Gauthier) is reported in Hansard to have said:
His amendment (Mr. Barrette's), being a negative one, would have been ruled out of order if it had not been introduced with the consent of the Government.
It seems to me that the implication contained in these words is unmistakable, and one which if allowed to go unchallenged would seriously impair my usefulness as Speaker of this House. I need hardly say that the use of such language by an hon. member of the House is not in conformity with the usual practice in such cases, and is not in keeping with the spirit of proper decorum in debate. When the hon. member for St. Hyacinthe is in his place I purpose to ask him to withdraw this language.
Subtopic: MR. SPEAKER REEFERS TO LANGUAGE USED BY MR. GAUTHIER.