Hon. Gordon Churchill (Winnipeg South Centre):
Mr. Speaker, it is so seldom I have the opportunity to support the hon. member for Hull I want to take advantage of it now. What he has said happens to be very correct indeed, because with the multiplicity of committees now set up, if they are all given permission to sit while the house is sitting we are going to be faced with a very difficult situation here in the chamber. We will hear complaints about members not being in attendance here, and the answer to those complaints will be that they are in attendance at committee meetings but that fact will not be obvious to observers and the general public.
I should also like to support the stand that was taken some years ago by the present Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson) and the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Martin). I did not understand the force of their arguments then but one can always learn, and I recognize now that they were very wise in the opposition they raised at that time. So, along with the member for Hull and the two hon. gentlemen I have mentioned I should like to add my name in support-