the minister has answered the question himself. He knows as well as I do that when he puts that provision in the contract it was the province which made the contract, not the dominion, and he had no control over it at all.
Mr. Chairman, there does not seem to be a quorum of members. The rule seems to be standing order No. 3, but section 48 of the British North America Act is the section that governs. That section reads: .
The presence of at least twenty members of the House of Commons shall be necessary to constitute a meeting of the house for the exercise of its powers; and for that purpose the Speaker shall be reckoned as a member.
Standing order No. 3 reads:
Whenever Mr. Speaker adjourns the house for want of a quorum, the time of the adjournment, and the names of the members then present, shall be inserted in the journal.