Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):
I have listened to the citations which you have just given to the house, Mr. Speaker, and it would seem to me that the point made by the hon. member for St. Boniface is one which should commend itself to Your Honour.
The reason for that is that it seems to me that the principle involved in the motion now before the house is entirely different from the principle contained in the bills. Bill No. C-7, respecting flags of Canada, which was submitted to the house by the hon. member for Drummond-Arthabaska has not been brought to our attention thus far. As the hon. member has said the other bill, No. C-8, moved by the hon. member for Lincoln, is one that deals with one matter; but this motion deals with a referendum and the principle, on the face of it, strikes me as one which is entirely different. We have from time to time in the house matters that are
amended because of a different principle, and Your Honour has had to deal with that.
It strikes me, on the face of it, that it would not be in order-I say this with respect to Your Honour-to give priority to either of these bills in view of the fact that the matter of referring this subject to the country is one which is not contained in the other bills.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG