February 26, 1934

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

This motion is not debatable.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

This is a point of

order, Mr. Speaker. I do not see how we can intelligently vote on a bill that has never been before the house, and I protest against that method of procedure.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is not a point of order at all. The bill is now before the house and the motion is for first reading.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

The bill is not before the house, and has not been printed.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Does the hon. member not wish to introduce the bill?

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

The bill has not been printed; hence it cannot be before the members of this house. I have had no opportunity of explaining what the bill is about.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The practice is to print

the bill after it has been given first reading. This bill is being dealt with as other bills before the house are dealt with. What is the hon. member's point of order?

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

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.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

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.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

May I refer Your Honour to rule 746, at page 214:

Though no amendment or debate is permissible on the question for reading the bill a first time, it is quite regular to divide the house thereon.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is what is being done.

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Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ANDERSON (Halton):

I was paired

witlh the hon. member for Toronto Northeast (Mr. Factor). Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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LIB

Edward James Young

Liberal

Mr. YOUNG:

I was paired with the hon.

member for South Renfrew (Mr. Maloney). Had I voted, I would have voted for the introduction of the bill.

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LIB

James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

I was paired with the hon. member for Northumberland (Mr. Fraser). Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

Wheat Agreement

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CON

Maurice Dupré (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DUPRE:

I was paired with the hon.

member for Joliette (Mr. Ferland). Had I voted, I would (have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

I was paired with the hon.

member for South Perth (Mr. Sanderson). Had I voted I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOTT:

I was paired with the hon.

member for Kent, Ontario (Mr. Rutherford), Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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Thomas Edward Simpson (Chief Government Whip)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SIMPSON (West Algoma):

I was

paired with the hon. member for Charlevoix-Saguenay (Mr. Casgrain). Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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Alexander Thomas Embury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EMBURY:

I was paired with the hon. member for Swift Current (Mr. Bothwell). Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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Victor Clarence Porteous

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTEOUS:

I was paired with the

hon. member for Southeast Grey (Miss Mac-phail). Had I voted, I would have voted against the introduction of the bill.

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February 26, 1934