Mr. Speaker, the practice in this house for many years has been that a motion of this type is debatable with Your Honour in the chair. There has been no change whatever in that position. If there is to be a change made then it should be done by way of a revision of the rules rather than by way of a minister coming in here on one resolution and saying that there should be no debate with Mr. Speaker in the chair and then another minister coming in the following day and without raising any question at all making a statement which is followed by a debate. We are not consenting to this motion being put and Your Honour leaving the chair without debate and I would ask the minister to make a statement in the usual way.
Subtopic: PROVISION TO RELEASE CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS FROM CERTAIN CLAIMS BY HER MAJESTY IN EXCHANGE FOR PREFERRED STOCK, ETC.