January 28, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I did not want to interrupt the proceedings when the Prime Minister was about to make a statement, but I rise on a point of privilege to draw to your attention, Mr. Speaker, and to that of the house, the situation which exists with regard to new members. In our party we have two new members, and neither of them has been allotted a room or a seat. That has been the experience we have had in previous sessions. There are in this house now, surely, a number of Vacant rooms which were previously occupied by supporters of the government, and seats in the chamber which were occupied by supporters of the government. It seems to me the time has come when a reallotment of seats and rooms should be made, in order that new members may be properly and adequately accommodated, as I think is their just due. I bring this to your attention, sir, because I have taken the matter up with responsible officials and others ever since last October in the hope that this would be done before new members arrived for the present session.

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