Mr. Speaker, may I have a word on the point of order? I am referring to standing order 77, and citations 813 and following. That paragraph or citation states:
When a bill comes up for third reading a member may move that it be not now read a third time but that it be referred back to the committee of the whole for the purpose of amending it in any particular.
It seems to me that the house always has authority to govern its own procedure. The fact that rulings of Speakers in different parliaments from time to time have been upheld by those parliaments should not bind subsequent parliaments for ever. We now have before us an amendment to the third reading of the bill which purports to give to the house what most hon. members desired when the bill was in committee. It seems to me that, despite the rulings of former Speakers, upheld by former parliaments, this is a new parliament, and as such it has the right to make decisions as to its own rules and their interpretation. We should not be for ever bound by decisions made in the past.
I submit respectfully that a ruling of this description should not be invoked to prevent a member from bringing before the House of Commons on third reading something which many hon. members desired when the bill was in committee.
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