Hon. Donald S. Macdonald (President of the Privy Council):
Mr. Speaker, as announced last week the business for both today and tomorrow will be a debate on the motion to establish a joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons on the constitution, which stands in the Prime Minister's name which is now under government notices of motions and which it is assumed will be transferred in due course to government orders today. There have been discussions among the parties as to the procedure for handling this matter and I think there might be found to be general agreement for a special order to deal with this debate.
The first characteristic of it would be that the ordinary time limits provided under Standing Order 31 would be suspended, that an initial spokesman for each of the parties would be entitled to speak for 40 minutes and that thereafter speakers would be entitled to speak for 20 minutes. Second, the debate would be a two-day debate and all questions necessary to a decision on the motion would be put immediately before the ordinary time for adjournment on the second day.
There has also been a suggestion, and unfortunately I have not had full opportunity to consult on this point, that on each of the two days private members' hour might be suspended in order to allow maximum opportunity for participation. I wonder if that might be agreeable and if that could be a special order of the House?
Subtopic: CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Sub-subtopic: PROCEDURE ON MOTION TO ESTABLISH JOINT COMMITTEE