May 23, 1951 (21st Parliament, 4th Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

rise to draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to a matter which I believe requires some consideration on your part. I might add that I have hesitated to direct attention at the time to what I believed to be violations of the procedure and the rules of the house because of the risk of being misunderstood! by the member or members involved.
Under standing order 13 hon. members may draw attention to strangers in the gallery for the purpose of requesting their exclusion; but I believe it is a violation of the rules to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of students or persons other than a special or distinguished representative of a friendly country. In the same connection, the practice has grown up recently of hon. members rising on matters of privilege which are clearly not permitted by the rules. I refer specifically to recording the distinctions conferred
House of Commons
on persons, places or constituencies by the winning of sporting and other events or awards.
Some hon. members may be misunderstood when, observing the rules of the house, they refrain from recording the winning of sporting or other events by their constituents, or fail to refer to the presence in the gallery of groups or persons in whom they are interested.
I hope, Mr. Speaker, that both Your Honour and hon. members of the house will realize that in raising this question I am doing so in order that you may give some consideration to the problem and perhaps give some guidance thereon to hon. members so that all may be governed accordingly.

Topic:   RULES RESPECTING STRANGERS IN THE GALLERY AND SUBJECTS OF QUESTIONS OF PRIVILEGE
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