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


Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

On this new point of order, Mr. Speaker, may I say this. What my hon. friend has read applies to what takes place after the Speaker has stated that he thinks the motion is in order. Paragraph 3 of standing order 31 covers the action taken after the Speaker has accepted the motion, after he has expressed the opinion that it is in order. The rule reads:
He then hands a written statement of the matter proposed to be discussed to the Speaker, rvho, 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-
And so on. All that my hon. friend has read happens after the Speaker has stated that he thinks the motion for adjournment is in order. When he thinks it is not in order, that aspect of the matter ends then and there. Now, as to an appeal from the ruling, standing order 12 reads:
Mr. Speaker shall preserve order and decorum, and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the house without debate.
This is not a question of order which has been raised, and there is no appeal from the decision of the Speaker. Under standing order 31 Mr. Speaker is simply asked to state whether he thinks the matter should be submitted to the house. There is no appeal. There is no point of order there.

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