Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the hon.
member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) knows, as do other hon. members, that a few weeks after parliament has been in session it is usual for the government to take Mondays and Wednesdays for its business, and that the method which has been adopted in that connection has been that of giving forty-eight hours' notice on the votes and proceedings. When the motion comes before it, the house may either give its unanimous consent or vote upon the motion.
This year in asking the right to take Wednesdays for government business the government is proceeding in the same way as have previous governments and the present one on all former occasions.
As to the suggestion that the motion is out of order may I say to the hon. member that the house has, at all times, control of its own business and may, by unanimous consent, or upon motion after forty-eight hours' notice, make such alterations in the order of business as it deems advisable.
Forty-eight hours' notice has been given. Notice was given on Friday last, and appeared in the votes and proceedings for that day. In the regular course the motion appears on the order paper to-day. No exception therefore can be taken on the score of the rules not having been complied with.
Subtopic: PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON AND AFTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23