Senate and House of Commons
May I say a word with respect to the circumstance that the resolution should have appeared on the order paper in the first instance with reference only to members of the House of Commons.
When the resolution was placed on the order paper in the form in which it was it represented the only decision which had been arrived at by the government up to that time with respect to allowances to members of parliament for expenses incidental to their duties as members of parliament.
It was obviously desirable that there should be discussion with members of the senate before deciding on what should appear in resolution form with respect to members of that house. I did not have any opportunity to have a discussion with members of the upper house before leaving for England, and subsequently visiting the United States. When my colleagues in the government saw that I would be returning sooner than was expected at the time I left, it was decided by them to leave over discussion w'ith representatives of the senate until after my return. When I returned I found a great many matters demanding urgent attention, and it was not possible for me to arrange to see representative members of the senate immediately. I took the first chance I had to discuss with some of the senators the position of members in the other house in respect to the expenses incidental to the discharge of their duties, and I have since gone more fully into the matter with representative members of that house. The measure which I now bring before the house is one which in its more complete form will, I think, commend itself to members of both houses of parliament-at any rate, I sincerely hope that that may be so.
At this late stage of the session, Mr. Speaker, I may have to ask the house for its unanimous consent to allow me to proceed a little more rapidly with consideration of the motion now before us than might otherwise be the case. When the orders of the day are reached I shall ask that the house allow the motion No. 7, which is now in its possession, to be withdrawn and the order to be discharged. I make that intention known immediately so that we may be in a position to discuss the resolution that now appears under government notices of motion.
With respect to this notice of motion I would say that His Excellency the Governor General, having been informed of the subject matter of this resolution, is pleased to recommend it to the consideration of the house.
With the permission of the house, I would now ask that the necessary steps be taken
to proceed at once in committee with the resolution in order that I may have an opportunity of introducing the bill immediately. I should think that all the discussion that may be necessary can be had on the second reading of the bill. If the house will give its unanimous consent to this procedure, I shall see that the bill is introduced this morning with the understanding that discussion upon it will not take place before tomorrow.