January 17, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Beauchesne, the unfortunate circumstance to which I have already alluded renders it necessary that this Commons House of Parliament should proceed with the election of a Speaker.
I therefore, propose, seconded by Mr. Guthrie:
That, James Langstaff Bowman, member representing the electoral district of Dauphin, do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
I need hardly remind hon. members that the office of presiding officer of this House of Commons is one of the greatest importance. It involves the discharge of great responsibilities, holding the scales of justice even between contending parties, and the administration of the rules of the house in a manner that accords with the traditions and customs of parliament. It is not difficult to maintain order in the House of Commons-it should not be. That portion of the duties of a Speaker is easy to discharge. But the administration of the rules, which are nothing more than the means by which the members of parliament have

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themselves determined that their proceedings shall be governed and their deliberations controlled, is sometimes most difficult. In moving that Mr. Bowman, the member for Dauphin, do take the chair as Speaker, I believe that we have in him a fairminded gentleman who will administer the rules of this house fairly, dispassionately, and in a manner consistent with the great traditions of this parliament and of the mother of parliaments, whose rules in part govern where ours are silent.
I will not longer detain the chamber than to express my trust that the nomination which has been made may commend itself to the members of the house as a whole and that in the discharge of his onerous duties he may have the assistance and good-will of every member of this chamber.

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