Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of order. When one of your predecessors, the Hon. Mr. Black, was in the chair, on March 16, 1933, the Canadian National-Canadian Pacific bill came before the house and no French copies were available. Our lamented friend, the then hon. member for Lotbiniere, protested, and at page 3091 of Hansard of that date he is reported to have said:
... I requested a copy in French of the bill under discussion and until I have received it, may I ask that the debate be postponed.
The present leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) who was Minister of Railways at the time, replied:
... I gladly move that the committee rise and report progress.
There is another precedent. When your immediate predecessor, the Hon. Mr. Bowman, was speaker, on January 29, 1935, I objected to the consideration of the estimates because there were no French copies. There was a lengthy discussion in which the hon. member for St. Lawrence-St. George (Mr. Cahan) and many others took part, and the Minister of Finance of the day, the Hon. Mr. Rhodes, as reported at page 277 of Hansard, moved that the committee rise and report progress and ask leave to sit again. In view of these precedents I would ask the government either to postpone consideration of this bill until we have the French copy or to drop this piece of bad legislation.
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