March 14, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I believe I made it clear at the beginning of the session that the government is most anxious that the fact that their majesties are coming to Canada shall not in any way interfere with the business of this house-that the visit shall not be permitted in any way to be used as a means of influencing hon. members with respect to the length of time parliament is to sit. I therefore indicated at the time that if parliament was not ready to prorogue when their majesties came to Canada, we would adjourn over the period of their majesties' stay in the dominion. Since then, there has come to me from different sources, from members in different parts of the house, an intimation that, if we are not through at that time, hon. members probably would prefer to continue sitting during the time of their majesties' stay in the country, with a very short adjournment for the period of time in which their majesties will be in this city. There seems to be a considerable body of opinion in favour of that-

Topic:   ROYAL VISIT
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROROGATION OR ADJOURNMENT OF SESSION-FUNCTIONS TO BE ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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