My point of order is that it is customary in this house to have the introduction of a bill, and first reading usually takes place automatically. Then the bill is printed, and as members of the house we have an opportunity of seeing what the bill is. By the procedure now being adopted the members of this house have no opportunity at all of knowing what the bill really is, and I submit that it is not fair to reject the bill before it has been placed in the hands of the members of the house.
The hon. member had an opportunity of explaining the bill when the motion was made for leave to introduce it, and to some extent he explained the bill. This bill is being treated as other bills before the house are treated; if it is given first reading all hon. members will have ample opportunity to consider it. If the house does not choose to give the bill first reading, that is the privilege of the house.