Mr. Maxime Raymond (Beauharnois-La-prairie):
I rise on a question of privilege. I believe it is the privilege, or rather I should say the right, of every member sitting in this chamber to be able to hear the speeches delivered in this house. Unfortunately those who sit in this corner and those who are sitting in the corner opposite cannot do so; and I may add without fear of contradiction that at least fifty per cent of the members of this house are unable to hear most of the speeches made in this chamber. As a result they are unable to understand not only the speeches but the conversations, which take place at the opening of almost every sitting, between the leader of the government and the leader of the opposition, and this means that we must wait until the next morning to read in the newspapers or in Hansard what took place the previous day.
Many times the attention of the former leader of the house was called to this condition, but to no avail. Now that we have a new leader of the government I would ask him to consider this matter very seriously. I have no doubt that it will be easy to convince him, for no later than yesterday, when the mover of the address in reply to the speech from the throne, the hon. member for Essex West (Mr. Brown), began to deliver his speech, the Prime Minister left his seat and came to this corner in order that he might follow what was being said. I hope some action will be taken in the very near future.
Subtopic: QUESTION OF USE OF PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM