Mr. A. L. SMITH (Calgary West):
Mr. Speaker, I am rising on a question of privilege. I hope, sir, that you will regard it kindly and that some of the gentlemen from the "amen" corner will regard it even generously.
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the Easter recess would extend from April 2 until April 14. I am asking that this
matter be given further consideration. I am in this position. I must rent my house, which I have done, and the member for Calgary East (Mr. Harkness) is in the same position. The housing shortage being what it is, we could not selfishly close those houses. Last year we were in the same position. We were away from home just one day less than six months, attending the last session of parliament. On the other side of the picture it seems to me that the business of parliament perhaps requires that we should make this Easter vacation as short as possible. I am asking the government to reconsider the matter, because it does seem to me that with all the work we have in front of us we shall be occupied for another full six months and that we can serve our time a little better down here.
Subtopic: MR. SMITH (CALGARY WEST)-EASTER RECESS