Mr. Chairman, I believe that this is the first time that there has been such a motion in the sovereign Canadian House of Commons in the last 24 years. I point out to you that on that last occasion in 1932 it was introduced, not at the outset, as it is now, but only after debate had proceeded for some days in the committee of the whole.
I would remind you that it is the custom of this house, particularly in connection with a new bill, one not amending an existing statute of this parliament, to permit general discussion on the first clause of the bill. That is the right of all members of the house.
Northern Ontario Pipe Line Corporation
Here we have the Minister of Trade and Commerce, even before anyone has said a word in this committee of the whole, rising to introduce this motion which apparently is intended to throttle all effort at discussion in this committee and to prevent any discussion of the first clause and deprive members of their undoubted right to have a general discussion on the first clause of the bill. I pointed out to you that far from this being simply a formal matter or a formal discussion, I have an amendment to move to this first clause of the bill which I am most anxious to introduce. May 1 tell you what that amendment is?
Subtopic: CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.