There may be other institutions in the province of Quebec because in that province there are many kinds of credit unions. In view of the fact that the minister can always designate the financial institutions, and surely that was intended in the resolution, I would ask Your Honour to give my point serious consideration and upset the chairman's ruling.
Mr. Speaker put the question as follows:
The question before the house is an appeal to Mr. Speaker from a decision given by the chairman of the committee of the whole pursuant to section 4 of standing order 59.
In the committee of the whole on Bill No. C-lll the hon. member for Crowfoot proposed an amendment to clause 1 of the bill as follows:
"To add after the word 'society', line 12, and before the word 'that' in line 13 the words 'and other financial institutions' ''.
The question is to determine whether the proposed words of the amendment go beyond the terms of the resolution. My view is that if the words proposed by the hon. member for Crowfoot by way of amendment do not enlarge the words "financial institutions" used in clause 1 of this bill, then the amendment is redundant and superfluous. If they seek to enlarge the terms of these words, then we have to determine whether the amendment is consistent with the detailed provisions of the resolution preceding the bill. In my view, when a resolution preceding a money bill sets out in detail the terms of the bill, as this one does, we have to be very cautious about amendments which might enlarge upon these terms.
I have to refer hon. members to citation 246 in the fourth edition of Beauchesne at page
Farm Improvement Loans Act 207 subparagraph (3), which reads as follows in part:
The guiding principle in determining the effect of an amendment upon the financial initiative of the Crown is that the communication, to which the royal demand of recommendation is attached, must be treated as laying down once for all (unless withdrawn and replaced) not only the amount of a charge, but also its objects, purposes, conditions and qualifications.
I suggest to hon. members, with respect, that the amendment proposed by the hon. member for Crowfoot does affect the conditions and qualifications set out in detail in the resolution approved by the house and preceding the bill.
For this reason I feel I have to sustain the decision of the learned and wise chairman of the committee of the whole.
And the house having resumed in committee:
On clause 1-Bank.
[DOT] (6:00 p.m.)