Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. It is not often I do. I wish to call Your Honour's attention to what happened last night, in order to keep the record straight and right. I moved an amendment, which I had put in writing, to the resolution that was then before the chair. Standing order 47 says:
All motions shall be in writing, and seconded, before being debated or put from the Chair.
My motion was in writing and was seconded by the hon. member for High Park (Mr. McMaster). I know that my writing is not as good at it was a few days ago, but I hold it in my hand now, and it is clear enough to read. My only point is this: I wish to assert the rights and privileges of a member of parliament in moving an amendment. My amendment was to the effect that the readjustment should not take effect until after the next census in 1951 and then only after a plebiscite or referendum. My amendment was ruled out of order by Your Honour, in these words:
I am sorry, but I cannot accept the amendment moved by the hon. member. The rules state that a motion or amendment should be presented to the Chair in such a way that it can be read by the Speaker.
I submit that there is no such regulation. Standing order 47 says that the motion shall be in writing, and my motion was in writing, and was seconded, and I read it aloud to the house. Your Honour further said:
The rules are quite definite that a motion should be presented to the Chair with the name of the mover and the name of the seconder and presented in such a way that the Chair can read it to the house. Unfortunately I cannot do that in this case.
There is no such provision in our standing orders at all. It was a very simple matter to read my amendment. I had not time to have it typed. I believe that ninety-nine per cent of the members here could read it.
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO SPEAKER'S RULING ON AMENDMENT, JUNE 20