February 25, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)

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Right Hon. S@

Mr. Speaker, with your permission
may I say that I have been a member of this house for many years, but I do not recall any incident such as happened yesterday. As a matter of fact I believe the rules provide that when Mr. Speaker gives a ruling there is only one way to change it, and that is by an appeal against his ruling. The Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) occupies a strong position in this house, and surely he knows the rules as well as any hon. member.
I submit the ruling given yesterday by Mr. Speaker in connection with the resolution offered by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) was in practically the same words as that given in connection with the resolution proposed by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woods* worth). There was practically no difference between the two. The ruling regarding the resolution of the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar seems to have been satisfactory to the government, and therefore no difficulty was raised when it was declared out of order. But immediately after, when the resolution offered by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre was called and Mr. Speaker gave the same ruling, I submit the Minister of Justice should have allowed the ruling to stand, and I believe it would have been within the competence of any hon. member to rise at that time and move that the ruling of Mr. Speaker be sustained. My hon. friend yesterday not only did not accept the ruling but did so in brief and curt words. He did not rise in his place and say, "Well, Mr. Speaker, I am ready to submit to your ruling, but I suggest to you that this is a case in which you might allow the debate to proceed, and so far as I am concerned I shall raise no objection."

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