Righl Hon. L. S. SI. Laurent (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, yesterday I indicated in reply to an observation from the other side of the house that if it should prove necessary for hon. members to return after Christmas to complete the business of the session I would give notice today that the government would move to apply closure in respect of the second reading of Bill No. 36. That statement was made on the assumption that both yesterday and today would have been taken up with the debate on second reading of that bill, and it would have been made rather clear that repetitious debate might go on indefinitely under the ordinary yules. As a matter of fact the bill was not debated yesterday, and the government wishes it to be abundantly clear that no member is to be deprived of his right to make his position quite clear on that bill. I will therefore not give any such notice today, and I hope that the progress that may be made under the ordinary rules will be such that it will not be appropriate to give that notice at any time.
With respect to the notice of motion that has been on the order paper, that was not put on in any arbitrary spirit but merely because I felt that, if it should become clear that we could not finish the business of the house before Christmas, hon. members would wish to have at leasrt a long week end for Christmas, and that would require a derogation from the orders that have been made. When notices of motion are called, if it were satisfactory to the house, I would ask to have this motion stand until some time later today so that we could see then whether or not it will be appropriate to have it discussed. If, on the other hand, members prefer to have it dealt with immediately, I would of course move it in its regular order. But if it could stand until some time later today, it may be that we shall then see what would best suit the convenience of hon. members, because it is not the wish of the government to be arbitrary in this respect.
On the order:
Government notice of motion-The Prime Minister -Resolved, that notwithstanding any other previous order of this house, when this house adjourns on Friday, December 21, 1951, unless it be otherwise ordered at that time, it stand adjourned until Thursday, December 27. 1951, at eleven o'clock a.m.