Before calling it six
o'clock, I should like to give my ruling on the amendment moved by the hon. member for Nanaimo. The main motion proposes to refer to a joint committee of both houses of parliament the question of adopting a suitable design for a distinctive national flag. The amendment moved by the hon. member for Nanaimo proposes to modify the motion by substituting for the appointment of a committee the immediate adoption of the Canadian red ensign as the national flag. He is
therefore proposing to amend the main motion before it is referred to a special committee. Such an amendment cannot be allowed. It is prohibited by standing order 50 of the rules of the House of Commons, which reads as follows:
A motion to refer a bill, resolution or any question to the committee of the whole or any standing or special committee shall preclude all amendment of the main question.
I therefore rule the amendment out of order.
At six o'clock the house took recess.
The house resumed at eight o'clock.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CONSIDEB AND REPORT ON SUITABLE DESIGN