Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Next Monday is the day set aside to honour the founding of our nation. It is a day which will be respected as a holiday in every city, town, village and other part of Canada. This house will be sitting for some time yet. No question of urgency arises which would necessitate sitting on such a day.
There are many hon. members who, as part of their duties as representatives of the people, will feel called upon to attend ceremonies in their own communities. For that reason I think it would be appropriate that we honour that day by adjourning when we adjourn on Friday until Tuesday next. I think this would be in keeping with the respect for the day marking the beginning of the history of a country which we all revere. I cannot imagine that on corresponding days in the United States or in other countries, where they respect the day set aside to mark the beginning of the nation, they would sit under these circumstances and deny to any of their members who have the opportunity to do so the right to participate in such celebrations as may take place.
It may well be that there are those who will not be able to attend the ceremonies in their own communities, but may I say to any of those who will not that there will be ceremonies here in Ottawa which will permit them to indicate their respect for the nation which is honoured on that day.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR ADJOURNMENT OF HOUSE ON NATIONAL HOLIDAY