Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, under the rules no debate is possible at this time with respect to this matter. I would assume that the hon. gentleman knew this, and I doubt whether he should have brought it up. There is a time and place for it, and I do not propose to debate it now. Observance of the rules of the house, as the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) observed the other day, is somewhat important, and there is a responsibility resting upon whoever is for the moment the leader of the house to see that the rules are observed, and when in opposition I ventured to point out the desirability of that practice being observed. There is a tendency, as may be noticed, to disregard the rules. I shall endeavour as long as I am here to see that the rules are observed. If the house desires, by unanimous consent, to depart from them, that of course is within the discretion of the house, the rules being made merely for the purpose of expediting the transaction of business. In this instance
National Bank-Mr. Coote
my hon. friend from Weyburn (Mr. Young) has raised a question of very serious concern, it touches the whole conduct of public business, and I prefer to deal with it in the manner prescribed by the rules.