Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, there were on the order paper last Monday six private bills dealing with incorporations and amending charters. They deal with the proposed Alberta Bank, the Pool Insurance, the Stanstead and Sherbrooke Insurance Company, the Ottawa Electric Company and the Ottawa Gas Company, the Detroit and Windsor Subway Company, and the Cedars Rapids Manufacturing and Power Company. The promoters of these bills have gone to the expense of advertising and paying the fee required by the House of Commons. Some of them have also hired solicitors who are ready to act as parliamentary agents before our committees when these bills are under consideration. The notices required under our rules have been given in the newspapers and the Canada Gazette. All this will be lost if the bills are not proceeded with during the present session. They are debarred by the order passed in the house on the May 21, 1940, but it would be an easy matter to take them up now, which can be done by the adoption of the following resolution:
That the order of the 21st May, 1940, appointing the order of business of the house for the present session be suspended with regard to such private bills as have already been introduced in the house.
Subtopic: SUSPENSION OF ORDER FOR PRECEDENCE OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN PRIVATE BILLS