March 26, 1924

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Is it the pleasure of the

House to adopt the motion? Carried.

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Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):

I

should like to say a word on that motion, Mr. Speaker. I would point out that five days is a rather awkward number of days to adjourn, especially for members from the western prairies. It will mean they will be compelled to stay in the city over the holiday. But if we adjourn for eight or nine days it would give them a chance to go home and spend one or two days looking over their work. I would like to have it made nine days if that was the wish of the House.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If it should

appear, after the Whips have a chance of conferring with the members of the House, that there is a general desire on the part of the House to extend the time, the government would be quite willing to act in accordance with that suggestion. Our view at the time I drafted the motion was that, as this year we met a little bit later than Last, if we made the Easter holiday somewhat shorter than it was last year we would probably get through the business of the House a little quicker. As to the days that are taken as holidays, of course, Saturday and Sunday would not be days when the House would be sitting in any event, so really the only days that are taken off are Good Friday, Easter Monday and the Thursday before Good Friday, which I believe is a fast day. So we are really taking only a three days' holiday having regard to Saturday and Sunday being days on which the House does not sit as a rule. I think it might be well to let the motion stand for the moment. I brought it in this early in order that hon. members might have a chance of considering the matter, and if it should appear from the views ascertained by the Whips that it is the general desire of members to have the period extended, the government will be prepared to take that request into consideration.

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John Livingstone Brown

Progressive

Mr. J. L. BROWN (Lisgar):

I would like to support the suggestion of my hon. friend from Brandon (Mr. Forke). I know that in a matter of this kind it is largely a question of meeting the personal convenience of members. I appreciate the position of members from the far West who cannot go home under any circumstances, but at the same time the great majority of the members can go home, and there is another proportion for whom two or three days extra would make it worth

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their while going home. I wish to support the suggestion of my hon. friend.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

As far as the government is concerned, its members would welcome a longer vacation because it would give us a chance to do some departmental business, but we thought we were meeting the wishes of the House in taking the shorter period.

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Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

I might just explain the circumstances. Most of us over here are farmers from the West, and Easter is the season when fanning operations commence. Speaking personally just for a moment, I have a pretty large farm: I left it a month ago, and I shall probably not see it again until next July. But if an extra day or two were added to the Easter vacation it would give me a chance to get back and look things over for one or two days.

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Lewis Johnstone Lovett

Liberal

Mr. L. J. LOVETT (Digby-Annapolis):

We are not here concerned with farming. We are here to do the country's business, and it is very awkward for the members from the Maritime provinces to have to sit here session after session and remain in the city over a long holiday. I think the holiday should be made as short as possible so as not to waste any of the time of the session, and to give members a chance to get home earlier in the summer.

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George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. G. G. COOTE (Macleod):

I should like to say just a word-

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I might say the motion was carried. Is it the pleasure of the House to have the motion reconsidered?

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes.

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George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

I think a great many members of the House would much prefer to see a short recess at Easter and have the House adjourn not later than twelve o'clock on any night. I want to protest against this House sitting so late at night. I think it is a physical impossibility for most members to sit here much later than twelve o'clock at night except on rare occasions, and I think it should not be done except with the unanimous consent of the House.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I just say a word in reply, because my hon. friend's remarks carry an implication. I think if he looks over Hansard of last year he will find that for the greater part of the entire session the House seldom sat past eleven o'clock. We rather adopted the rule of adjourning every night at eleven, and the hope of the

government is that we shall find it possible to follow that same rule this year. True, last night the House sat a little later, but I think every member recognizes that it W'as an exception, and as a matter of fact, there w'ere not very many members in the House last night. I will say to my hon. friend, though, that certainly so far as the government is concerned its wish is entirely in accord with his own, of adjourning every night at eleven o'clock.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I understand the motion stands.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I would like

to have it clearly understood that the government is wholly agreeable, if it is the general desire of members of the House to have a longer vacation, to meeting their wishes in that regard. It is immaterial to us whether the House adjourns from Tuesday the 15th to Wednesday the 23rd, or whether we hold to the dates fixed in the resolution. I put forward what I gathered was more or less the general view, but if any hon. member will move an amendment the government will be quite prepared to accept it if the feeling of the House seems to be in accord with it.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Do I understand the motion stands?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

No.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion as read? Carried.

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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS


BRANCH LINES-RESOLUTIONS* ORDERED FOR CONSIDERATION Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways) moved that on Tuesday next the House go into Committee of the Whole to consider the several resolutions with respect to branch lines standing in his name on the order paper. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of these resolutions recommends them to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


March 26, 1924