March 29, 1927

LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The chairman has no

power to recommend anything.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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LIB

Jean-Joseph Denis

Liberal

Mr. J. J. DENIS (Joliette):

Mr. Speaker,

may I be allowed to put the facts before the House? The committee on privileges and elections, of which I have the honour to be the chairman, has been called together on four different occasions, but we were unable to proceed for lack of a quorum. Without a quorum the committee could not sit and consequently could not report to the House. At the instance of some members of the committee I moved in the House to have the quorum reduced to eight or nine members, and objection was taken by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Guthrie) on the ground that as this was a very important committee the quorum should not be reduced. I must admit that I had not up to that time given much thought to the matter, but it struck me that probably it might be just as well not to reduce the quorum. Moreover, as I had no authority from the committee itself-because, as I have just stated, the committee did not sit regularly,-I decided to let the matter stand until such time as other members might move to have the reduction made. Now the question is before the House, and as I have stated the facts it is for the House to decide. -

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. H. E. SPENCER (Battle River):

In supporting the motion I would point out that the quorum of this committee is much larger

in proportion to its membership than that of any other committee of the House. With so many committees meeting at the same time it is often quite difficult to secure a quorum in a committee of this sort. There are some very important matters to come before the committee and I think it would be in the best interests of the House if the quorum were reduced.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Leader of the Opposition):

I remember when the question was raised in the House on a former occasion by way of a motion moved by the chairman of the committee. I had had no notice of that motion and" therefore had not had time to consider it, and I did ask that it be allowed to stand over until the following day. The motion, however, was not brought up again, and nothing has been done until to-day. I conclude, therefore, that there is no objection to the motion and that under the circumstances it would be well to reduce the quorum of the committee to nine as requested. There are one or two important measures before that committee. It is, I think, the desire of all hon. members to conclude the business of the session as expeditiously as possible, and it is just likely that our proceedings may be delayed if we are not able in the meantime to get the business of that committee done. I think the quorum should be reduced to allow the committee to function.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

I suggest that the chairman of the

committee ascertain the hours at which other committees are sitting and if possible fix, for the assembling of the committee on privileges and elections, an hour which does not coincide with the time of meeting of other committees. I am a member of the committee in question and I think that in every case I have received a notice, another committee has been sitting at the same time in which I happened to be very much interested. It seems to me that a quorum could be obtained if the chairman summoned the committee to meet at ten o'clock in the morning, or at eleven o'clock on days when other committees are not meeting at that hour. .

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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LIB

Jean-Joseph Denis

Liberal

Mr. DENIS (Joliette):

In view of the

opinions expressed by hon. members I would not be opposed to allowing the motion to stand.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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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 (Trime Minister):

I can see no objection to the motion oarrying. It would help to expedite the business of the House in which we are all interested.

United States Embargo on Milk

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The House can, of course, always suspend the rules. Generally the House acts on the initiative of the committee, on whose report it proceeds. In the present instance, however, I think that, inasmuch as there would be real injury if the committee did not meet at all, it would be advisable to adopt the motion. The House must take its stand on the question, and it was because of the desirability of having the business of the committee proceeded with that I was ready tc accept the motion as being in order. The committee must meet and if it cannot do so a remedy must be provided. However, the motion stands.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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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?

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REDUCE QUORUM
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Motion agreed to.


COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING


W. T. GOODISON (West Lambton) presented the second report of the select standing committee on railways and shipping, owned, operated and controlled by the government.


LIB

William Thomas Goodison

Liberal

Mr. GOODISON moved:

That the second report of the select standing committee on railways and shipping be concurred in.

Topic:   COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING
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Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 240 (from the Senate), for the relief of Jessie Wright.-Mr. Garland (Car-leton). Bill No. 241 (from the Senate), for the relief of Audrey Idelle Knowles.-Mr. Young (Toronto Northeast,). Bill No. 242 (from the Senate), for the relief of William Edward Couch. Mr. Harris. Bill No. 243 (from the Senate), for the relief of Clara Cairney.-Mr. Bowman. Bill No. 244 (from the Senate), for the relief of Annie Sophia Gordonsmith.-Mr. Garland (Carleton). Bill No. 245 (from the Senate), for the relief of May Elizabeth Chambers.-Mr. Garland (Carleton). Bill No. 246 (from the Senate), for the relief of Violet Gladys Cockerton.-Mr Anderson (Toronto-High Park). Bill No. 247 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Eleanor Kennedy Ledden.- Mr. Jacobs. Bill No. 248 (from the Senate), for the relief of Arlee Lillian Helmsley.-Mr. Anderson (Toronto-High Park). Bill No. 249 (from the Senate), for the relief of Merton Egbert Ellsworth Kittredge. -Mr. Garland (Carleton). Bill No. 250 (from the Senate), for the relief of William Newton Anglin.-Mr. Young (Toronto Northeast). Bill No. 251 (from the Senate), for the relief of Annandale Ramsden.-Mr. Goodison. Bill No. 252 (from the Senate), for the relief of Willie Rosenberg.-Mr. Bell (St. Antoine). Bill No. 253, respecting certain patents owned by the Sealright Company, Inc.-Mr. Young (Toronto Northeast).


REGULATION OF SALE OF POISONS

March 29, 1927