April 6, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I have received a copy of this motion. It reached me immediately before my coming to the house, and I have read it carefully.
The standing order under which this motion is made is standing order 31 which reads:
(1) Leave to make a motion for the adjournment of the house (when made for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance) must be asked after the ordinary daily routine of business (standing order 15) has been concluded and before notices of motions or orders of the day are entered upon.
(2) The member desiring to make such a motion rises in his place, asks leave to move the adjournment of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, and states the matter.
All of which has been dlone.

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(3) He then hands a written statement of the matter proposed to be discussed to the Speaker, who, if he thinks it in order and of urgent public importance, reads it out and asks whether the member has the leave of the house. If objection is taken, the Speaker requests those members who support the motion to rise in their places-
And so on. My difficulty in reading over this motion is with regard1 to the degree of urgency. It is the responsibility of the Speaker to decide whether there is that degree of urgency which would justify sncn a motion being discussed. I would ask the hon. gentleman to give me some idea as to why he considers there is that degree of urgency in the motion before the house.
I would also point out to the hon. member that when the house goes into committee of supply he will have the right then to discuss that which is contained in the motion. But I want to be satisfied about the degree of urgency, and I frankly confess to the hon, member that I have considerable doubt in my mind that there is that degree of urgency which would justify me in giving him leave to move his motion. However,, in fairness to the hon. member I would be glad to hear him on the question of the degree of urgency.

Topic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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