Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Antigonish-Guys-borough):
On a question of privilege, I desire to refer for a few moments to an incident that occurred in the house last evening. During the speech which was being delivered by the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion), there were some interruptions, and during those interruptions you, Mr. Speaker, made the following remarks as reported in Hansard:
Mr Speaker: I would ask hon. gentlemen to
desist trom loud remarks and interruptions while the minister is speaking. He has only ten minutes left, and a member cannot present his case when lie is continually interrupted.
I interjected this remark:
Mr. Duff: Especially when they are speaking
from the other side.
You, sir, then said:
Mr. Speaker: I resent that. The hon. member has no right to make any such statement.
Then a little further on the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) rose in his place and suggested that I should withdraw the observation which
I had just made. My reply to him was that I had heard the Prime Minister do the same thing that I had done, reflect on the Speaker. May I say to you, sir, and to the house that in my sixteen sessions in parliament I have always endeavoured to abide by and obey the rules of the house. Of course I do not pretend to be superhuman and I am liable to make mistakes, but may I assure you, sir, that in my first remarks, to which perhaps you had a right to object and to construe in a sense that was not intended, I did not mean to reflect in any way upon you, as Speaker of the house, when I interjected the remark:
Especially when they are speaking from the other side.
My last remark to the Prime Minister, where I ended up by saying "reflect on the Speaker," may be considered a reflection upon the chair and upon you. If in your opinion I have made any reflection upon you, the chair or the house, I gladly and willingly withdraw any remarks which might reflect upon the House of Commons, the chair or yourself.