September 9, 1950 (21st Parliament, 3rd Session)


George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

With your consent, Mr. Speaker, I think it would be appropriate to raise the question I have in mind at this point. Hon.
members came here for the purpose of assisting, expediting and furthering whatever might be done to enable us to play our part in the common task of preserving peace. On previous occasions the question has been raised as to the necessity of meeting at eleven o'clock in the morning at this stage of the proceedings. In the first place it had not been intended that we should meet so soon to discuss these questions. Probably we should have met much sooner, but the fact remains that the government had not so intended. Now we are being pressed forward as though there were some urgent deadline that we must meet. Today we are being called upon to consider two extremely important measures that will have a wide influence upon the whole economic life of our people. These bills were handed to the members who were fortunate enough to be on hand to receive them-and I emphasize that-just before ten o'clock today. I therefore suggest, through you, sir, to the Prime Minister, in view of the importance of the measures before us, that with the consent of the house we rise until three o'clock this afternoon. That would be the minimum period within which we could possibly give consideration to these bills and to the implications of measures which will have such sweeping consequences in the daily life of all our people.

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