February 8, 1927

VACANCIES

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received communications from several members notifying me that the following vacancies had occurred in the representation, viz:

Of John Carey Douglas, member for the electoral district of Antigonish'-Guysborough, by decease;

Of John Warwick King, member for the electoral district of North Huron, by decease.

I have accordingly issued my several warrants to the Chief Electoral Officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts, respectively.

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NEW MEMBER

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the House that the Clerk of the House has received from the Chief Electoral Officer a certificate of the election and return of William Duff, Esquire, for the electoral district of Antigonish-Guysborough.

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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 41, to incorporate Columbia Life Assurance Company.-Mr. Stevens. Bill No. 42, respecting certain patents owned by Albert P. Frigon.-Mr. Mercier (St. Henri). Bill No. 43, respecting the Ottawa Electric Company.-Mr. Chevrier. Bill No. 44, respecting the Ottawa Gas Company-Mr. Chevrier.


PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY, PRINTING AND RESTAURANT

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the House that a message has been received from the Senate informing this House:-

That the Honourable the Speaker, the Honourable Messieurs Green, Hardy, Ross (Middleton), Sharpe, Taylor and Watson, have been appointed a committee to assist the Honourable the Speaker in the direction of the restaurant of parliament, so far as the interests of the Senate are concerned, and to act on behalf of the Senate as members of a joint committee of both Houses on said restaurant.

Also,-A message informing this House that the Honourable the Speaker, the Honourable Messieurs Aylesworth, Sir Allen, Beaubien, Cha-pais, Gillis, Gordon, Griesbach, Hardy, Hatfield, Laird, Lewis. McDougald, McLennan, Poirier, Taylor, Turriff and Webster (Brockville), have been appointed a committee to assist the Honourable the Speaker in the direction of the Library of Parliament, so far as the interests of the Senate are concerned, and to act on behalf of the Senate as members of a joint committee of both Houses on the said library.

And also,-A message informing this House that the Honourable Messieurs Aylesworth, Sir Allen, Buchanan, Chapais, Dessaulles, Donnelly, Farrell, Green, Legris, Lewis, McDonald, McLean, McLennan, Murphy, Pardee, Pope, Robertson, Sharpe, Taylor, Todd, White (Inkerman) and White (Pembroke), have been appointed a committee to superintend the printing of the Senate during the present session, and to act on behalf of the Senate as members of a joint committee of both Houses on the subject of the printing of parliament.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

*WEDNESDAY SITTINGS

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

That on Wednesday the 9th instant and subsequent Wednesdays to the end of the session the House shall meet at three o'clock in the afternoon.

Copyright Act

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Leader of the Opposition):

It may have slipped my memory but I do not remember any notice having been given of this motion. It has come on me very unexpectedly.

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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:

Perhaps my

hon. friend attaches more importance to the motion than he will if I explain it. Under the rules the House meets at two o'clock on Wednesday until a motion is carried that it shall meet, as on every day, at three o'clock. The custom has been to change that particular rule at the beginning of each session and meet forthwith at three o'clock instead of at two on Wednesday. This being the case I thought it advisable to put the motion immediately. I have no objection to letting it stand until the close of this sitting if my hon. friend wishes to discuss the matter with hon. gentlemen opposite, but I rather think it is the general wish that the House shall meet at three o'clock on Wednesdays.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

I do not mind agreeing

that we meet at three o'clock to-morrow but I suggest that the Prime Minister allow the motion to stand until we have had an opportunity of discussing it. Meeting at three o clock instead of at two on Wednesdays takes an hour off one of the days allotted to private members. I am not sure whether or not, in consequence of the recess which we have had, private members are now to be deprived of Thursday. If I am right in assuming that they are, then Mondays and Wednesdays are the only private members' days now available, and Thursday becomes a government day. I do not want to curtail the rights of private members who may have motions which they desire to discuss, and I am afraid that such will be the effect if the present motion is carried.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Rule 40 provides:

Two days' notice shall be given of a motion tor leave to present a bill, resolution or address, tor the appointment of any committee, or for the putting of a question; but this rule shall not apply to bills after their introduction, or to private bills, or to the times of meeting or adjournment of the House.

In view of this rule I must rule the point of order not well taken.

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CON

John Wesley Edwards

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. W. EDWARDS (Frontenac):

Owing to the recess which took up the month of January, private members, I understand, are deprived of Thursday, so that we have now only Mondays and Wednesdays. I think the government should take that fact into consideration. I do not believe the introduction of such a motion so early in the session

will expedite the business of the House nor will it tend to shorten the session. I would ask the Prime Minister to take into account the fact, which I have pointed out, that owing to the recess, private members will not now have that full opportunity, which otherwise they would have had during an entire month, to discuss questions in which they are interested. I do not think that the motion ought to be pressed at this time.

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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:

Let me assure my hon. friend at once that I shall see to it that the rights and privileges of private members in this matter shall not suffer in any way by reason of the adoption of this motion. We will take care to see that the extra hour is made good to private members. The only reason for introducing this motion is that it meets with the convenience of all hon. members. When the rule for meeting at two o'clock on Wednesdays was observed it was found very frequently that the attendance when the House met at two o'clock on that day was very slim, most members being apparently unable to break away from the custom of attending at three o'clock.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Shall the motion stand?

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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:

I move, Mr. Speaker, that the motion be amended to read that to-morrow the House shall meet at three o'clock.

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February 8, 1927