Mr. Speaker, I understand the obligation which normally rests upon the leader of the House when an event of this kind occurs, that is, to move a motion to have the hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Cossitt) suspended from the service of the House.
In this particular case, because we are under a time limit for the debate on Bill C-42, I propose to defer moving a motion until the debate has been concluded; I will possibly move it tomorrow if, in the meantime, the hon. member for Leeds does not reconcile himself to the requirements of the rules.
I want to make it perfectly clear that in the circumstances it would be most unfair, for example, to the hon. member for Roberval (Mr. Gauthier), who is prepared to speak, if we were now to embark upon a motion-the bells could ring all afternoon-which would effectively close off the time remaining in this limited debate. Thus I intend to let the matter rest with the assurance that if in the meantime there are no further developments I will certainly support Your Honour's decision by making a motion at the appropriate time.
Subtopic: DELAY IN ANSWERING ORDER PAPER QUESTIONS