May 1, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

I do not think the circumstances are as tragic as my hon. friend seems to indicate. Nobody in this house, on this or any other side, wants to railroad business through as my hon. friend suggests. Too many of these things are being said in Canada to-day, and it is not right that they should be said. We are quite prepared to stay here as long as my hon. friend wishes, and perhaps longer. But a motion of this kind is not a new procedure. Similar motions are made in the closing days of every session in order to permit the consideration of bills which for one reason or another come in only during the last days of the session. Who is going to suffer on account of it? If any interest is going to suffer I am quite willing to vote with my hon. friend. But I see nothing at all in the motion which would do anything except give a chance to certain bills which would not otherwise be heard. I repeat that no one on this side, the government least of all, has any intention of railroading any business.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDER 105 WITH RESPECT TO NOTICE IN LOBBY OF CONSIDERATION BY COMMITTEE
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