That sounds like a threat to me.
It is not a threat. I am simply asking the minister to reply.
I would indicate to the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam that under these circumstances it is the custom of this house that the house leader of the opposition will seek information from the house leader of the government as to the business that is to be forthcoming, and beyond that there are no comments.
Mr. Speaker, on a point of-
With the greatest deference, this has been a practice of this house for
Business of the House many years and I do not see at the moment how we can extend the privilege to the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam without extending it to any other hon. member.
Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, surely if we are discussing the business of the house for tomorrow and any party wants to offer their co-operation or suggestion as to how the business should be expedited, they are free to do so. If they are not allowed to do that, then the government must accept some responsibility, and Your Honour too, if the business of the house is not expedited as it might otherwise be.
Order. Notwithstanding the apparent comment of hon. gentlemen who have felt otherwise, I think they will recognize that it has been the practice over many years that the house leader of the opposition-
It was the practice to have a Liberal government for all those years too, but we changed it.
-shall seek information from the house leader of the government. Otherwise any hon. member could rise. I am not trying to lay down any hard and fast lines, but to follow the accustomed practices of this house. If there are to be any negotiations, or suggestions offered, then I think there are means for doing so. But as far as I am aware-and I think hon. members generally would agree with me-that has been the accepted practice-
-as far as the Chair has been aware, and there has been no departure from it.
It being five minutes after ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.
Friday, December 14, 1962