The hon. gentleman moves the adjournment of the house on a question of urgent public importance, namely, the policy of the government in respect to a prosecution under the defence of Canada regulations, which involves the urgent and vital question of whether Canadians are to be free to criticize inefficiency in the conduct of the war, without endangering their personal liberty.
This is a matter which has already been before the house; it is a matter of judicial inquiry at the present moment, and pending the decision of the courts it is not in order according to the rules. Therefore I must rule that there is no urgency in the motion made by the hon. member.
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