Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:
That on Wednesday, the 21st of May instant, and subsequent Wednesdays to the end of the session, government notices of motion and government orders shall have precedence over all 'business except questions by members and notices of motions for the production of papers.
Business of the House
* Mr. HARRY LEADER (Portage la Prairie): I beg humbly to protest against this resolution. It will have the effect of taking away private members' day thereby preventing hon. members from bringing resolutions before the House. I know the Prime Minister will say that we have all had opportunity to present our resolutions. That is true. In regard to the resolution that stands on the order paper in my name, I may say that I had three opportunities to bring it forward: one on a Monday night at a quarter to eleven; another on a Thursday night at a quarter to ten; and I think another on a Wednesday night at twenty minutes to six. But had I gone on with my resolution on any of those occasions I should perhaps only have had the opportunity of speaking myself; then the debate would have been adjourned and the motion would not have been voted upon. Now, this happened last year and I did not intend that the same thing should occur this year. I thought I had my resolution in in lots of time, but evidently there was so much other work ahead that it was not reached. However, I should like to take this opportunity of protesting against taking Wednesday as proposed. I might mention that a number of hon. gentlemen when speaking during the budget debate referred to the fact that if we desired to practise economy we should start here and set an example to the country by agreeing to a reduction in our sessional indemnity.
Subtopic: GOVERNMENT BUSINESS TO HAVE PRECEDENCE