May 25, 1928

RADIO-CANCELLATION OF LICENSE INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION


The clerk of the house laid upon the table the twenty-ninth report of the clerk of petitions stating that he had examined the following petition: Of H. Bishop and 11,578 others, radio fans, «f South Vancouver and other places in British 'Columbia; praying the Prime Minister of Canada not to give any heed to the protest made to him regarding the character of the radio programs of the International Bible Students Association, but that the said association may lie encouraged to continue _ their programs of music, education, and religious instruction, in the interest of British fair play and freedom of speech and religion.-Mr. Ladner. This petition is irregular inasmuch as it is addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada and not to "the House of Commons in parliament assembled" and should not therefore be received.


CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PETER McGIBBON (Muskoka-Ontario):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of

presenting the Prime Minister with a petition signed by J. B. McCoy and 59,283 others, protesting against the cancellation of the radio broadcasting license of the International Bible Students Association.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I must declare the petition to be out of order because it is not addressed according to the rule of the house, which requires that:

Every petition should commence with the supei-scription: "To the Honourable the House of Commons in parliament assembled." Then should follow the formula: "The petition of the undersigned. . . humbly sheweth."

I may inform the hon. gentleman and other hon. members who have presented similar petitions this week that I shall be pleased to find space in this building for the storage of those documents.

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CON

Leon Johnson Ladner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. L. J. LADNER (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present on behalf of a number of people in British Columbia, relating to the same subject matter. May I ask as to the form of presentation. If a petition is addressed to "The Right Honourable Mackenzie King," as he is the Prime Minister, is it not in effect a petition to the head of the government, and therefore suitable for presentation in this house?

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The time honoured

practice is that petitions should not be addressed "To the Prime Minister of Canada," but "To The Honourable House of Commons in parliament assembled." I refer the hon. gentleman to page 207 of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms for fuller information.

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CON

Leon Johnson Ladner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LADNER:

May I follow the same procedure as the hon. member-

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Same ruling.

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NEW EDINBURGH MILLS PROPERTY

LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. C. ELLIOTT (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the table information regarding the New Edinburgh mills property at Ottawa, asked for by my hon. friend from Vancouver Centre (Mr. Stevens).

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE king's birthday adjournment

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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 (Prime Minister) moved:

That when this house adjourns on Saturday, the 2nd of June, 1928, it stand adjourned until Tuesday, the 5th of June, 1928.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Will the house sit on Saturday, the 2nd of June?

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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:

Yes, unless

hon. members desire that it should not.

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Motion agreed to. Transportation oj Coal


SUSPENSION OF ELEVEN O'CLOCK RULE


On the orders of the day.


LIB-PRO

Arthur-Lucien Beaubien

Liberal Progressive

Mr. A. L. BEAUBIEN (Provencher):

Mr. Speaker, in view of t,he tremendous growth of the crops in western Canada, may I ask if the government have any intention of suspending the eleven o'clock rule in order to let us get home before harvest?

Mr. MACKENZIE KING. I should like to be able to assure my hon. friend that the house will be agreeable to his suggestion, but I am not in a position to do so at the present time. I would suggest that the whips confer with a view to reaching some agreement whereby the session can be brought to a close without unduly hastening any feature of it. The government is quite prepared to have the eleven o'clock rule suspended, or to sit in the mornings if that suits hon. members. But this mint be with the concurrence of the house as a whole.

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SITTING OF SATURDAY MAY 26


Hon. H. II. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre): Is it the intention to follow to-morrow the hours of last Saturday, that is, from two to six instead of from three to eleven?


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):

A motion will be necessary to change the hours if the house is to be in session from two to six only. If that is the wish of hon. members I shall with unanimous consent, be pleased to make such a motion. As the matter now stands, however, the house will meet at three and sit in the evening.

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May 25, 1928