Hon. W. E. Harris (Minisier of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, may I just add one word on the subject that the leader of the C.C.F. has mentioned, namely the attempt the other day to do what is being attempted today. I did not mention the matter at the time because of the answer which you gave to him. However, I want to stress what has always been the understanding of the house since I came here and, from what I can read, has been the understanding on all other occasions. On those occasions when we are in general debates, as on the address and the budget at least, if not others, and perhaps even motions to go into supply, if these particular items for discussion are before the house there is then an opportunity to debate any matter that any hon. member wishes to bring before the house. I admit that the question of
Immigration-C. G. Hanna relevancy sometimes enters into the matter with respect to a particular amendment. Nevertheless, I think it has been the ruling of every successive Speaker in this house that on those general occasions anything can be said by an hon. member and any particular matter can be debated. In other words, any person speaking this morning or this afternoon could advert to this subject and say what he wished with respect to what the government is doing. Since that is the case, I think the rule has always been interpreted in the matter of urgency with respect to a particular matter as a matter of urgency of debate. I am quite sure any member can take part this afternoon and speak on this subject. I feel that any other ruling by Your Honour, if I may say so with respect, would be almost a complete reversal of our previous understanding.
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