Mr. Speaker, I was referring
yesterday to the possibilities of my action at some future time when certain measures were before this House, in certain contingencies, and I certainly shall abide in such case by the rules of the House and abide by any decision
which Your Honour may make. The hon. Solicitor General proceeded to state:
But do not let him waste public money in the way he is doing this afternoon.
I wish to reiterate again that I defy the hon. gentleman or any other hon. gentleman in this House to show in what way and to what measure we are wasting public money in this House. I wish to state to the hon. gentleman, and he knows it is true, that so far as this House is precluded from dealing with public business, it is due to resolutions introduced by the leader' of the House and accepted by a majority in the House, that we are precluded from proceeding at the present time with the public business of the day. We have had laid on our tables to-day an order paper containing some 56 pages of printed matter, dealing with a great volume of public business, proposing resolutions affecting the vital interests of this country, but under the resolution which the leader of the House has had passed by his majority it is impossible for this House to consider one of them. More than that, I repeat that the leader of the House cannot at the present time state that he has .one single public measure ready to submit to this House. If he has such a measure, and if he is willing that this House shall proceed with the despatch of business. I for one am prepared to ask the leader of the opposition (Mr. Meighen) and those supporting him to assist in rescinding the resolutions of which the hon. gentleman has secured passage, because there is nothing in the rules or the practice, of the House, there is nothing in the dicta or precepts of parliamentary procedure, which prevent the government from proceeding with the despatch of business, proceeding with their public measures, and holding in abeyance for the time being or postponing to a future time in the session the further consideration of the Address.
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