Hon. Donald S. Macdonald (President of the Privy Council):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a suggestion with respect to today's business in the house which I hope might find general acceptance. As you know, government order No. 99 standing in my name is a motion to add proposed standing orders 75a, 75b and 75c. As I indicated last night, the advantage of this motion over the motion standing in the name of the hon. member for Grenville-Carleton (Mr. Blair) is that my motion would enable the house to amend directly the proposed standing orders, if that be desired, rather than refer them back to the standing committee for amendment. Although the former motion would obviously be the simpler procedure, I think it was apparent from last evening's discussion that that motion would be resisted by some hon. members and indeed that there would be protracted objections by way of points of order and perhaps questions of privilege before the merits of the proposals could be discussed.
It seems to me therefore that the quickest way to get down to the merits of the proposed standing orders would be to enable my colleague, the hon. member for Grenville-Carle'.on, to put his motion.
Sub-subtopic: NEW PROVISIONS RESPECTING DEBATING TIME ALLOTMENT-WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION