July 18, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Mr. Speaker, I wish only to make a constructive suggestion. In our opinion this is a very important matter, one which goes to the very root of the rights of hon. members of the House of Commons, namely that of asking a question at the proper stage. I point out to Your Honour, with great deference, that in applying common sense to the rule affecting questions asked in the house respecting proceedings before a committee I believe Your Honour should not go so far as to rule out any questions asked in the House of Commons just because a committee might have jurisdiction to deal with a wide variety of subjects. There is a vast difference between the proceedings currently before a committee, and the jurisdiction such committee may exercise, which may never reach the points, of questions the hon. member for Peterborough West or other hon. members may ask here.
The other point is this, if I may say so, that if that ruling were adhered to-and I am hopeful that Your Honour, with your usual fairness, will not hold us too closely to it-

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. FRASER-REJECTION OF QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR ORDER PAPER-STATEMENT OF MR. SPEAKER
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