I consider it my duty to inform the house that this morning I received many calls from hon. members complaining of the temperature in this building. Some hon. members suggested to me that under the prevailing conditions there should be no sitting of the house this afternoon. Hon. members will realize that it is for the house itself to decide whether we should sit or not.
I communicated with those who are responsible for the heating of the building and was informed that there had been an accident in the central heating plant, but they hoped that sometime about noon or one o'clock today they would be able to send some steam into the chamber. Just before coming into the house at three o'clock I was told that unfortunately the repairs had not yet been made, and that it would be impossible to heat the building this afternoon. I thought it my duty therefore to bring the facts to the attention of the house. The temperature in this chamber is now about 64 degrees, and in some parts of the building it is only 60.
I thought that before we proceeded with the business of the house hon. members would like to know these facts so that the house might decide whether there should be a sitting this afternoon. Those who have been complaining about the temperature cannot expect any improvement this afternoon.