This motion made under the provisions of standing order 31 is to move the adjournment of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance. The motion has been read at the proper time and the hon. member has handed me a written statement. It is my duty to determine whether it is in order and whether the matter is of urgent public importance.
First, with respect to whether the motion is in order. It purports to deal with a matter which is before the board of transport commissioners, and if that is so then it is sub judice and under our rules could not be debated.
If there is no application I cannot see the immediate urgency of the matter because it could be discussed on either Monday or Wednesday of next week. I realize that hon. members have spoken already on the amendment to the amendment, but very few hon. members have spoken on the amendment to the address in reply to the speech from the throne and it is possible that there may be other amendments. I am afraid that I cannot allow the motion to be proceeded with at this time.
Subtopic: REPORTED APPLICATION BY RAILWAYS FOR INCREASE IN RATES