I know that Hon. Members would want me to thank the Hon. Member from Annapolis Valley-Hants (Mr. Nowlan) for his impetuous and interesting intervention.
Of course, I responded immediately to the communications which the Hon. Member sent to your chairman and left a verbal message. It was an extremely polite message, but it was a direct one. I said, of course, that I would be very pleased to hear the Hon. Member today if he was properly attired according to the customs and traditions of this place.
I must say that the question the Hon. Member raises puts the Speaker in a harrowing position. It is extraordinarily difficult for anyone who is a Member of this place and a colleague of all the others to place greater distinction or prominence on one person's dress as opposed to another. That is why I think perhaps it has always been so easy to ignore dress, whether elegant or something less, provided that there was a tie around the neck.
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I am not suggesting that this is the only test. If there was only a tie, there might be some other problem. However, I am always in the hands of Hon. Members as I am your very humble servant, and if it should happen that a committee would wish to give some guidance to the Chair, I would be guided by it and accept it most willingly.
I want the Hon. Member for Annapolis Valley-Hants to know that I knew full well that he had a contribution to make to this important matter yesterday and that given its importance the Hon. Member would at least conform with present standards and approaches and make the intervention that he did as I said, in such an impetuous and interesting way today. I have, out of friendship and a long comradeship that I have enjoyed with the Hon. Member from Annapolis Valley- Hants, put aside and ignored perhaps some of his other remarks, recognizing that all Hon. Members use humour and sometimes shock value to bring attention to the burning issues that they bring to us from all across this land.
The Hon. Member for York South-Weston (Mr. Nun-ziata) on a point of order.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR REFERENCE OF DRESS CODE TO STANDING COMMITTEE