Mr. J. W. EDWARDS (Frontenac) :
Mr. Speaker, I desire to bring to the attention of this House what I cannot but regard as a serious breach of the privileges of Parliament. May, on page 73, says that:
Wilful disobedience to orders, within its jurisdiction, is a contempt of any court, and desobedience to the orders and rules of Parliament in the exercise of its constitutional functions, is treated as a breach of privilege.
It appears to me that there has been an infringement of rule 79, which, with your permission, I will quote. Rule 79 reads:
All members who are returned for two or more electoral districts shall make their election for which of the districts they will serve within twenty days after it shall appear that there is no question upon the return for either district.
One of the members of this House was elected at the last general election for the constituencies of Gaspe and Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux). It appears that protests were filed in regard to the election of that hon. member for the constituency of Maisonneuve on March 15 or 16, 1918. That would be about two days before the opening of the session of Parliament in that year. I understand that that is given as the reason why the hon. member who sits for these two constituencies has not made his choice. As I understand rule 79, which I have read, I can see nothing in it to have