Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):
I rise to a question respecting the privileges of this house. Standing order 2 reads as follows:
The time for the meeting of the house is at three o'clock in the afternoon of each sitting day ....
As hon. members know, and as you Mr. Speaker are aware, that rule cannot be changed except with the unanimous consent of the house and by resolution to that effect. No motion has been put to this house to alter that rule with regard to the sitting of the commons to-day, and I submit that in the absence of a formal resolution, duly passed and assented to, the whole proceedings of this House of Commons would be irregular. I should be very sorry to see this parliament break up with a violation of the rules of the house as its last act, particularly
where the effect might be to render irregular all the business done this morning, if not also possibly the business of prorogation itself.
Let me read what took place on Saturday evening last with respect to adjournment. Hansard, at page 4516, records the following:
Mr. Bennett: I move the adjournment of the house.
Mr. Mackenzie King: Will it be eleven
o'clock on Monday or three o'clock in the afternoon?
Mr. Bennett: I was going to move that
the house stand adjourned until either eleven o'clock or three o'clock, as the right hon. gentleman thinks his friends desire. If they wish to talk from eleven o'clock to one o'clock, discussing the items, very well; if not, the house will meet at three o'clock. .
Mr. Mackenzie King: My right hon. friend has shown his capacity to make decisions. He had better say which.
Mr. Bennett: Eleven o'clock, so that hon.
members may have an opportunity to discuss the estimates on agriculture.
Mr. Speaker: This house stands adjourned until Monday morning at eleven o'clock.
Subtopic: QUESTION AS TO REGULARITY OF PROCEDURE RESPECTING ELEVEN O'CLOCK. SITTING ON MONDAY