March 10, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Mr. Speaker, I should like to speak to this matter for a moment. I am not rising to support the hon. member (Mr. MacNeil), but with all due respect I think the hon. members to my left here are right. If five members rise, the Speaker then puts the question to the house. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the rule is clear. It states:
He-
That is the member-
-then hands a written statement of the matter proposed to be discussed to the Speaker, who, if he thinks it in order and of urgent public importance, reads it out and asks whether the member has the leave of the house. If objection is taken, the Speaker requests those members w'ho support the motion

Objection has been taken by the minister and by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King).
-to rise in their places and if more than twenty members rise accordingly, the Speaker calls upon the member who has asked for leave.
I take it that twenty did not rise, but five did. The next paragraph says:
If less than twenty, but not less than five, members rise in their places, the question whether the member has leave to move the adjournment of the house shall be put forthwith, without debate, and determined, if necessary, by a division.
Under my reading of the rule, the hon. members are right in their request.

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT MOTION TO DISCUSS MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
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