Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, before motions are proceeded with I should like to rise to a question of privilege. Last night's ten o'clock news bulletin of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation contained an item which reflected upon members of the House of Commons. The news broadcast stated that Canada's largest war appropriation bill, amounting to $3,890,000,000, was given its first, second and third readings within a few minutes during yesterday's session-I believe "ten minutes" was the actual expression used. Such a statement, without an explanatory background, might readily lead Canadian listeners to conclude that insufficient consideration had been given by the House of Commons to this important measure. Actually no legislation of like character in Canadian parliamentary history had been the subject of as close scrutiny and inquiry, or had been as long and thoroughly debated as the resolution upon which this bill was founded.