Amendment agreed to.
Section as amended agreed to.
On section 153 of the Act-Proceedings thereafter to be the same as are prescribed for bringing Part II of Canada Temperance Act into force. Returns to be made to Governor in Council, who shall declare prohibition in force if more than one-half of total vote is in favour.
This section provides that the Governor in Council shall declare the " prohibition or prohibitions " in force if . more than one-half of the total number of votes cast are in favour of such prohibition. This means that a single vote in favour of a referendum would be sufficient to compel the passing of an Order in Council. This is not a fair proportion, and I think it should be three-fifths. I therefore move that the words " more than one-half," in line 36, be struck out and the words " three-fifths " be substituted.
sub-clause 1 of this section, as we have abandoned the question of prohibition of manufacture. I move further that we strike out the figure 2, at the beginning of the second subsection, which now becomes the only provision in the section.
Mr. Chairman, may I ask if this is a private conversation? I cannot hear a single thing, and I am in the dark as to what is going on, although I have stayed here till after midnight and well into Sunday morning to hear what is taking place.
Permit me, Mr. Chairman, to draw your attention to the fact that there is a law known as the Lord's Day Act, in which it is enacted that the Lord's Day shall mean the period of time beginning at 12 o'clock after noon on Saturday and ending at 12 o'clock after noon on Sunday.