April 11, 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:

However, probably we shall all get along better if we agree upon a week hence, instead of this Wednesday, and I hope this will be satisfactory to the house.
May I say to the hon. member who has spoken on behalf of the group in the far corner of the house that his figures and mine are somewhat different. I find that in 1937 the house opened on January 14 and that Wednesday evenings were taken away on March 24. That was after a much shorter time than we are asking this year. There were three Wednesday sittings of the house after that date before the end of the session. This year, as will be recalled, the house met on January 12. It met earlier this year than it has in most other years. For that reason we had thought of taking Wednesday evenings a little sooner.
Perhaps it will help to bring about unanimity if I amend my motion to read:
That on Wednesday, the 19th of April, 1939, and all subsequent Wednesdays until the end of the session, the sittings shall in every respect be under the same rules provided for other days.
I think I may say, without any exception being taken to the observation, that no one appreciates Wednesday evenings more than do the members of the government. The only reason we are asking the house to sit Wednesday evenings is that we believe that

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in. the end it will the better suit the convenience of the house if at this stage we get on with the work as rapidly as possible.
Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   WEDNESDAY EVENING SITTINGS
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