March 18, 1931

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The Prime Minister says it was. Then I say he is again offending the dignities of this house in making that statement. May I say further, Mr. Speaker, that the action of the Prime Minister in that particular is the more amazing in view of the great courtesy which was shown him by all hon. members on this side at the last session of parliament.

Privilege-Mr. Quinn

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CON

Charles William Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. C. W. BELL (West Hamilton):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of order. I submit that the right hon. gentleman cannot address your honour as he is doing now unless he states the question of privilege-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

He has stated it.

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CON

Leslie Gordon Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL (Hamilton):

-that it is not debatable, and that having made his statement he is restricted to it.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Speaker, I have made my statement. I am speaking on the rules with respect to the dignities of this house and the privileges of hon. members, and my remarks have been very carefully confined to that point. I wish to repeat that the statement made yesterday by the right hon. Prime Minister was the more amazing and astounding in view of the extreme courtesy that was shown him and his colleagues at the special session of parliament. The Prime Minister-

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CON

Leslie Gordon Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL (Hamilton):

Mr. Speaker, I ask for a ruling upon the point of order.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Apparently the right hon. gentleman is stating a question of privilege.

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CON

Leslie Gordon Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL (Hamilton):

I submit, Mr. Speaker, that he is making a speech. I ask for your honour's ruling.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I rule that the right hon. gentleman is in order.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Speaker, it is evident that some hon. gentlemen opposite are not satisfied in seeking to coerce this side of the house; they desire as well to coerce your honour.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is out of order.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That is one thing we are going to watch very carefully during this session, and-

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Keep on watching.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

-this arrogant and intolerant manner of my right hon. friend-

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

What a spectacle!

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

-and the example he is setting his followers in that particular-[DOT]

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

-cannot be persisted in if he hopes to get any business through the house this session.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Such a spectacle!

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I tell my

right hon. friend at once that we of the opposition propose to exercise to the full our rights of free discussion, and as long as hon. members do their duty in discussing fully and freely any subject that is before the house they are entitled to the protection of his honour and indeed to the support of all hon. members. The Prime Minister owes it not only to the hon. member for Weybum but to this house to give an assurance now that his remarks yesterday were not intended to be offensive, were not intended as a threat, and that he is prepared to allow the hon. member the same rights that he expects to have conceded to himself in the discussions of this house.

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March 18, 1931