April 9, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

I rise to a point of order. I do not want to interrupt the hon. gentleman, but he will realize that the rules of the house are designed to permit statement or discussion only of the principle of the bill on second reading. The hon. member is now proceeding to a discussion of section 10. I have no doubt that what he says will be of great value, but there is no opportunity of discussion and explanation in reply, and consequently, because of the importance of the bill, wrong impressions may get out because of what one might call unilateral statements. It is contrary to the rules of the house for an hon. member on second reading to discuss a section of the bill. My only reason for rising is that I had to do so the other night in the case of the hon. member for Kindersley (Mr. Jaenicke), and I feel I must, as one who is leading the house at this time, take the same attitude in regard to the hon. member. There will be ample opportunity to discuss the section when we reach it. There is no chance now of the hon. gentleman and myself engaging in explanations of it, and I think he should postpone to the committee stage the discussion of section by section.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATUKALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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