Motion agreed to, and the House took recess at 4 p.m.
Acoustics of the Chamber
The House resumed at eight o'clock.
PENSION ACT AMENDMENT SENATE AMENDMENTS
On motion of Hon. H. S. Beland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment) the amendments made by the Senate to Bill No. 192 to amend the Pension Act were read the second time and concurred in.
ACOUSTICS OF THE CHAMBER
Mr. HANCE J. LOGAN (Cumberland) : I desire to take advantage of this opportunity to bring to the attention of the Government, and particularly the Minister of Public Works, the poor acoustic properties of this chamber.
here as the representatives of the great Canadian people, to transact important public business, but the real facts of the matter are that two-thirds of the time we do not know what is going on in this House. I desire to say to the Government, because perhaps they do not realize how inadequate this chamber is in that regard, that when any hon. member is courteous to you, Mr. Speaker, and addresses the Chair he is not heard by the rest of the House, even if he is speaking from the middle of the chamber.
by distinguished visitors who have sat in the distinguished visitors' gallery that they can hear very little of what is said from this side of the House, and nothing at all that is said from that side, which latter, perhaps, is no great loss. However, that is where we have the advantage, because we can hear hon. gentlemen opposite. Joking aside, this has just about reached the limit. As I said a moment ago, we come here as the representatives of the people, to do important business and to hear what is being said in this House. We desire also that the press gallery shall hear, so that the people of this country will know what is going on in Parliament, but as a matter
of fact very few of us can hear half of what is being said, and I am told that in the press gallery they also have difficulty in hearing the speakers. What I rose to do was to call the serious attention of the Government, and particularly of the Minister of Public Works, to this condition of affairs. Think of 't! We have built a twelve million dollar building in which we cannot be heard. It is ridiculous. It is not fair. It is neither just to us nor to the people we represent.