Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:
When this House adjourns on Friday March 26th instant, it stand adjourned until Tuesday April 6th next.
He said: Before the motion is put, may I say to hon. members of the House that the government has no intention of pressing this motion, unless it meets with approval on the part of hon. members. The motion has been made because the government has reason to believe that to most of the members it would be a convenience to have an adjoum-
ment of ten days, which we would have if this motion carries, rather than to be obliged to come back for two days and one-half during that period of time, thereby breaking the adjournment of ten continuous days which would otherwise be possible. The custom has been to adjourn on the Wednesday afternoon before Easter, the House sitting for half a day on Wednesday, and then adjourning until the following Tuesday. I have had occasion to look up the record and I find that in the years 1917 to 1925 the practice has been to adjourn on the Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday are full days and Wednesday half a day. If this motion does not carry, members will be obliged to come back for two days and a half the following week. If the motion carries it will be possible for hon. members to leave the city on Friday night of this week and remain away until Tuesday of the week after next. The government, in view of what has been communicated to its members, has thought that, with that feature drawn to the attention of hon. members, the motion would probably meet with general approval. However, the purpose of presenting the motion at the moment is rather to call forth an expression of the views of hon. members, and if the views of hon. members appear to be against the motion, I would ask that it stand.