Unfortunately I am not bound to suit my argument to my hon. friend. I have the unfortunate habit of proceeding with my argument in my own way, which may not quite suit the scintillating intellect of my hon. friend, but after all it is my way, and, for some reason or other, I am stubborn enough to follow it. Now, Mr. Speaker, Bourinot, referring to reports of committees, and so on, says this at page 479:
A report may be referred back to a committee for further consideration (f), or with instructions giving them power to amend the same in any respect (g). In this way a committee may regularly reconsider and even reverse a decision it has previously arrived at. As the rules of the house govern the procedure of committees generally, a committee cannot strictly speaking renew a question on which its judgment has been already expressed.
And then at the foot of the page there is this comment:
Every question by voice in committee bindeth, and cannot be altered by themselves, but by the house it may.
I shall not read the various other authorities but I have them here. The point is this: On that day-and that is what I wish to emphasize-on that day, the last, as I call it, legal day, this report which I hold in my hands, as reported in the proceedings of Tuesday, May 23, was adopted. The point of order which I raised on that occasion was sustained. I will admit that the Chairman did say that my point of order was not well taken "at the present moment," but later in the day, after the report had been adopted, one of my hon. friends to my left sought to re-open the matter and the Chairman ruled that it was not in order. That was on Tuesday and, I think it was the same afternoon, the chief clerk of committees, Mr. Todd, intimated to me that there had been some technical oversight, that the Chairman of the committee had forgotten to say these magic words "Shall I present the report to the House?", and that, because he had forgotten to use those magic words, it was impossible to present the report to the House. Mr. Todd informed me that afternoon that the Chairman had instructed him that a meeting would be called on Friday for the purpose of securing that authority. I asked the Clerk if there was any intention of reopening the question; because every member of the committee knew perfectly well
the stand I had takn on the matter, and also knew of my objection to the question being opened, and that the ruling had been given-
Subtopic: REPORT OP COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION