July 1, 1955 (22nd Parliament, 2nd Session)

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

I shall be only a few minutes, Mr. Chairman. I want to add that I do not like filibusters, at least when I am not taking part in them. If I were taking part in one, of course, it would be good. I think it will be appreciated by my hon. friends to the right when I say that I am glad that we did not take any steps that would seem to have the effect of preventing filibusters on any item of legislation. Whether one likes them or not, they play their part. In the end it is up to the judgment of those who are carrying on a filibuster as to whether it is what they should do or should not do, just as it is up to the judgment of the government as to whether a filibuster should be stopped by the use of closure. I am glad that we did not make any change in respect of that matter in spite of any feelings that some of us might have about our being kept here in Ottawa in the present heat.

Topic:   SECOND REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
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