August 6, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. HANSELL:

If my memory serves me correctly, I believe in the past we have had considerable discussion when the estimates for the Department of External Affairs have been before the committee. At times this discussion on foreign policy has lasted a day or even more. I recognize that at a time when the nations of the world are at war one must be extremely careful of what one says on these estimates. I think when these particular estimates are before us a member of parliament becomes more aware of his responsibilities. At times we are apt to think that those responsibilities end with representing our particular constituencies. Five years ago I received, perhaps through the courtesy of Doctor Beauchesne, a copy of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms. Naturally I read the entire book, and on page 6 I found something very interesting. Paragraph 21 gave me some perception of the responsibilities of a member, and I should like to read this to the committee. It reads:
Every member as soon as he is chosen becomes a representative of the whole body of the Commons, without any distinction of the place from whence he is sent to parliament. That every member is equally-

Topic:   PRISONERS OF WAR
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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