On a point of order, I submit to you, sir, that this motion made by the Prime Minister is not in order and cannot be received or put to the committee. In what I shall have to say I shall be asking hon. members of the committee to consider the position of parliament itself. We have all witnessed scenes here in the past ten days or so about which all of us must be gravely concerned. It is my earnest submission to you, sir, and through you to the committee and through the committee to the house, that the house itself, in connection with the point of order I am about to raise, should give very serious consideration to its position with respect to the procedure we are now being asked to follow and must assess the point of order I raise from the point of view of the interests of parliament itself which, I submit to you, sir, transcend the interests of party or of government and are inherent and essential to the interests of the nation itself.
My point of order is based upon standing order 33, and I shall read standing order 33 because it is necessary to consider the terms of that whole order in order to appreciate just what the Prime Minister is asking us to do and to what extent it is out of order and a contravention of our rules by which the government is bound just as much as any member or other party in the house.