April 25, 1949 (20th Parliament, 5th Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

While I think the house will agree with the motion, I want to say again it is regrettable that in recent sessions of parliament private members' resolutions have not been reached. There are on the order paper a number of private members' resolutions which are of importance to their constituencies and to the country generally. It is true that in the debate on the address and on the budget we have an opportunity to debate some of these matters. But many hon. members have exhausted their right to speak in these two debates, and they would like the opportunity to deal with such matters, for example, as irrigation, or the coal mining industry and a national fuel policy, which are the subject matter of a IMr. St. Laurent.]
motion standing in the name of the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr Gillis).
Before the war we used to have debates on private members' resolutions which I think were very useful. Over the past few years we have been deprived of that opportunity-with our own consent, incidentally, always; but it is regrettable that this has been done again at this session. The Prime Minister said earlier in the session that opportunities would be given later for hon. members to discuss their resolutions, but on the first day of our meeting after the Easter recess we have this motion of the Prime Minister which again prevents the consideration of private members' resolutions. It is wise that we should go on with the business of the house. Apparently there is a good deal of uncertainty in the house and throughout the country as to how long this session will continue. In spite of that uncertainty, we should endeavour to deal with some of these matters which are of importance to private members, who have few opportunities of discussing them.
While I am not opposing the motion now before the house, I offer this protest and ask that private members' days be not interfered with again during this session.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE OF GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTIONS AND GOVERNMENT ORDERS ON MONDAY, APRIL 25
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