With reference to the question asked of me yesterday by the hon. member for North Simcoe, I beg to state that the proper manner for the House to express its disapproval with regard to any order passed by the Governor General in Council is to move a humble address to the Crown. The authorities are as follows:
"The subjects upon which addresses are presented are too varied to admit of enumeration. They have comprised every matter of foreign or domestic policy; the administration of justice; the confidence of Parliament in the ministers of the Crown; the expression of congratulation or condolence, and in short, representations upon all points connected with the government and welfare of the country." (iMay, p. 546).
Bourinot is to the same effect, as follows :
"It is now the usage to move for addresses only with respect to matters affecting Imperial interests, the regal prerogative, or the Governor in Council." (Bourinot, p. 2456).
"The subjects on which the two houses may address the sovereign or his representative in this country are too numerous to be detailed at length. They may relate to every matter of public interest, to the administration of justice, to commercial relations, or to the political state of the country; in short, to all subjects connected with the Government and the welfare of the dominions." (Bourinot, p. 259).
Subtopic: OPINION OP MR. SPEAKER ON QUESTION RAISED BY MR. J. A. CURRIE.