October 26, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)


Mr. Speaker:

Standing order No. 31 says:
Leave to make a motion for the adjournment of the house (when made for the purpose of discussing a matter of urgent public importance) must be asked after the ordinary daily routine of business (standing order 15) has been concluded and before notices of motions or orders of the day are entered upon.
I might say that, unfortunately, I was under the misapprehension that only motions under routine proceedings could be made today and I informed another hon. member of this house that his motion should be made immediately before the orders of the day are called. Under those circumstances, although the rule states to the contrary that only one motion may be made at a sitting, I shall also-hear the other motion.
I must decide whether the motion of the1 hon. member for Melfort should be proceeded! with. Standing order 31 states in paragraph (3):
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That is, the mover of the motion.
-then hands a written statement of the matter proposed to be discussed to Mr. Speaker, who, if he thinks it in order, and of urgent public importance . . .
And so on. I must decide whether it is of urgent public importance. Under section 174, urgency is defined as follows:
"Urgency" within this rule does not apply to the matter itself, but it means "urgency of debate," when the ordinary opportunities provided by the rules of the house do not permit the subject to be brought on early enough and public interest demands that discussion take place immediately.
The subject matter of the motion was discussed in the house yesterday, and we are still debating the speech from the throne. Under the sessional order of this house, the speech from the throne must be taken up on Monday and Wednesday of next week. An opportunity will then be given to discuss the matter referred to in the motion that has been made. Although the matter is an extremely important one, in my opinion it is not one which comes within the rule of urgency as set out in standing order 31.

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