Mr. J. H. Horner (Crowfoot):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege affecting a number of members in this House. At approximately 5:30 last evening, it was brought to the attention of the Chair that a quorum was not present in the House. The House, therefore, closed for the remainder of the day. Those members present were asked to come to the Table and sign the register to prove that they and no other were in attendance.
I think this situation reflects a little on the diligence and respect one has for his job as a member of parliament, in light of the fact the House had to close because there was not a quorum.
I wish to inform Your Honour and other members that at that time the Standing Committee on Agriculture was sitting. At precisely the same moment, about 29 minutes to six o'clock, a roll call vote was taken in the agriculture committee, which is really an arm of this House of Commons and under the jurisdiction of Your Honour. The roll call indicated 20 members present. The chairman, although he did not vote, was present. The witness was a member of parliament. This makes a total of 22 members who did not have the opportunity to sign the register, although they were on duty at 5:30 last evening. It should be made perfectly clear to you, Mr. Speaker, that far more than 17 members of parliament were serving their constituents at that time.
Subtopic: MR. HORNER-REFERENCE TO LACK OF QUORUM IN HOUSE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1974