Mr. Speaker, I was very anxious to make the statement on the second [DOT] reading, at the same time that the bill was circulated, but I sounded out certain hon. members and learned that I could not get unanimous consent to that course; otherwise I should have liked to make the statement on the second reading to-day. I am most anxious to make it on the second reading to-morrow, and then the debate can be adjourned to such time as the house sees fit. This is far better from every point of view, because a fairly long speech will be necessary to explain the provisions of the bill to the house and to the country. My proposal, therefore, is that we take up second reading to-morrow, and the government will then consent to an adjournment if hon. members desire it.
Subtopic: CONDITIONS GOVERNING TEN-YEAR EXTENSION OP BANK CHARTERS