March 14, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I think the hon. member overlooked paragraph 130, to which the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) referred. But it must never be forgotten that this chamber has complete control of its own procedure. The rule is that if we desire by a majority to change any order, be it standing or otherwise, we may do so. The government must determine its action in the light of its appreciation of the attitude of the members toward the action proposed to be taken. Personally I do not think there is any good reason why we should take more Wednesdays this year than any other year. We have taken as many Wednesdays this year as we have in previous years-more, in fact; and we have taken as many Mondays and Thursdays. I see no reason why the motion should not pass in the terms of the rules.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON AND AFTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
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