May 24, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Mr. Chairman, I have not before me the volume of Hansard for 1932 in which the discussion is contained, although I had it here the other day and read some extracts from it. If you will refer to Hansard of April 1, 1932 you will find that when on that occasion the government introduced a similar motion it was discussed. In the course of that discussion the late Right Hon. Mackenzie King made biting criticisms of the government for introducing such a motion. It was in the course of speaking to that motion in the committee of the whole that he referred to it as a procedure such as had never been introduced in a British parliament in reference to a money bill. He went on to say that such a motion would make a farce out of parliament and reduce to a nullity parliamentary institutions and the whole parliamentary process.
I submit that that is a perfectly good precedent. I cannot give you the page reference for Hansard of April 1, 1932 because I am sure no one expected a throttling motion like this to be introduced before a word had been said in this committee of the whole by way of discussion. Otherwise I would have had the volume here. In the face of that precedent I make the submission that this is a debatable motion.

Topic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.
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