With regard to the question as to the Chairman of committees making a report when he was not in the Chair, it is the duty of the Clerk to take a note of proceedings in committee, and I now have these notes.
The decision of the house having been given, I wish to direct a remark to the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Bruce). He is an old member of the house, accustomed to the dignity and decorum of assemblies. Under circumstances which are very painful to the house and to myself I would ask the hon. gentleman if he would withdraw his remark.
Mr. Speaker, I would draw the attention of Your Honour and hon. members of the house to citation 280 of standing order 40 in Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms, 1927, which reads:
In case a member persists in using unparliamentary language, the Speaker will be compelled to name him, which is equivalent to submitting his conduct to the judgment of the house. The member should then explain and withdraw and it will be for the bouse to consider what course to follow in reference to him. If the explanation is deemed sufficient, some member will move that it be accepted. In case the offending member does not explain and persist in remaining in the house, a motion shall forthwith be made, preferably by the leader of the house, "that Mr. . . . member for ... be suspended from the service of the house."
The hon. member has stated to Your Honour that he will not withdraw the statement which he has made, and I would therefore move:
That Mr. Bruce, member for Parkdale, be suspended from the service of this house for the remainder of to-day's sitting.