September 2, 1950 (21st Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

We have heard only three of the hon. members of this house, Mr. Speaker, and we have had three rather diverging views. The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) does not object to the long hours. This motion has no other purpose than to provide for long hours. I am sure that the hon. gentleman is not serious in thinking that anyone here would deprive us of the pleasure of having him with us at Ottawa; but that is something which can be dealt with on some other occasion.
At this moment the only question is whether or not the business of the house will be more efficiently dealt with by sitting three times a day or by sitting twice a day. The leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) told us that it would be dealt with better and more expeditiously by sitting twice a day. There are a great many who do not share that view. We all have the same concern about having the business properly and seriously considered, but we do not all agree as to what is the best method to adopt in order to achieve that end. I think that the diverging views will have to be determined in the ordinary way, that is, by the acceptance of those which are shared by the majority of the members of this house.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MORNING SITTINGS ON AND AFTER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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