November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My hon. friend was one of the leaders who met with myself the other day to decide on the procedure to be followed while the house was sitting in committee of the whole to discuss different matters pertaining to our war effort. He as well as the other leaders agreed that the best procedure would be to have the different ministers make their formal statements and then have a discussion on those formal statements very much in the order in which they were presented. The danger in departing from any agreement of the kind is that one exception leads to endless requests for other exceptions. Last night I was asked to make an exception and allow hon. members at this stage to make speeches of any nature, instead of confining their remarks for the time being to the subject matter of the particular statement that might be before the committee. It appeared to me at the time that my action would be misconstrued if I were to press unduly the desirability of holding to the agreement as made. I therefore yielded to

the extent of saying that if hon. members of the house, knowing what the agreement was, wished to make speeches on their own account without waiting until the procedure suggested had been complied with, that I, for my part, would not object and that they might proceed if they so wished. But I think I have gone as far as I should like to go in the matter of permitting exceptions to an agreement made to further the convenience of all. What is happening now illustrates the unwisdom of departing from an understanding or agreement once reached, and I am inclined therefore to feel that the matter should be left where it is at this stage.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
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