Resolved, that towards making good the supply granted to Her Majesty on account of certain expenses of the public service for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1955, the sums of $2,360,432,364.67 and $42,314,738, respectively, be granted cut of the consolidated revenue fund of Canada.
Motion agreed to.
Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in.
Mr. Abbott thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 479, for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of the financial year ending the 31st March, 1955.
Motion agreed to, bill read the first and second times, considered in committee, reported, read the third time and passed.
THE ROYAL ASSENT
(Speaker of the House of Commons)
I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following
Ottawa, June 26, 1954
I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Mr. Justice Kerwin, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber at six o'clock p.m. on the 26th June, 1954, for the purpose of proroguing the first session of the twenty-second parliament.
I have the honour to be, sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. F. Delaute,
Secretary to the Governor General (Administrative)
Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime
Minister): Mr. Speaker, perhaps it would be convenient to suspend this sitting until such time as we are informed that the other house has passed upon this bill which has now been adopted. It might be understood that when
The Royal Assent
the bell rings we will come back to our places here to receive the messenger from the other place.
I imagine it will take quite a few minutes for the other place to give consideration to this bill. I know my experience has been that there are always some remarks made about the fact that they are required to consider a matter of such importance in a very short time. Therefore I would imagine that it would certainly not be possible for this house to resume its sitting before six o'clock.
Topic: BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic: SITTING SUSPENDED
Perhaps I might take the few minutes at our disposal to inform hon. members that because of the fact that the members of our staff have been working strenuously, especially in the last month, we have decided to give the usual three days bonus to our sessional employees.
We have also considered the week end which follows Confederation day. Hon. members will have noticed that July 1 falls on a Thursday and our permanent employees would have had to come back to work on Friday, July 2, and would be oil on July 3 and 4. We have, therefore, decided to give them the long week end from July 1 until Monday, July 5. I am sure all hon. members will approve.
Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):
On behalf of all members, Mr. Speaker, I think I should say what has been said many times during the session, that we appreciate the courtesy and care with which you attend to your duties, and the needs particularly of those who become embroiled in arguments on procedure. I am sure that the house has approved of your dignified, careful and efficient discharge of the duties of the office you hold.
May I also thank my hon. friends opposite for being so kind on many occasions in assisting me in arranging the business of the house. I wish to say that I agree with everything that has been said to the effect that the working of the house can be assisted materially by arrangements that are reached and which, in most cases, can be carried out with a certain amount of patience and diligence.
I should like to express thanks to the house leader for the great deal of trouble he has taken in trying to make the passing of the estimates as convenient as possible to those of us on this side.
As for you, Mr. Speaker, I think that I particularly should express this because you really have been very kind to me. We on this side do feel, with the greatest sincerity, that you have always tried to maintain the highest traditions of this house, including the tradition of strict impartiality.
I wish to agree with all that has been said by the previous speakers, and to extend our appreciation for the courtesy extended by the leader of the house on many occasions, and our sincere affection for you, Mr. Speaker.