I desire to draw the
attention of the house to a new practice which, in my opinion, should not become general in the debates of this house. I refer to members' displaying of exhibits when making speeches. On Monday last, an hon. member came in with two baskets of peaches and showed them to the house in order to make 47696-19
a point in the discussion. Yesterday, another hon. member unfolded a large flag and spread it wide over one of the gangways. I think the house will agree that such a practice is far from adding to the dignity and decorum of the House of Commons of Canada. The proper places for the production of exhibits are the standing and special committees where they may be required as evidence in certain investigations. If perchance the display of merchandise on the floor of the house should become part of our procedure, I am very much afraid it would create an atmosphere hardly desirable for a parliamentary institution, and I trust the house will bear with me when I say that hon. members should refrain from such a practice in the future.