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

CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

"Is out of order." There is no question, Mr. Chairman, that all the other clauses of the bill are subordinate to and dependent upon this operative clause which sets up the Northern Ontario Pipe Line Crown Corporation. What does the Minister of Trade and Commerce take this parliament for? He wants us to bypass the most important, operative clause and go on to discuss clauses that are contingent and dependent upon the heart of the bill which is in this clause.
Mr. Chairman, if ever there was a demonstration of the validity of standing order 78 (1), it is being demonstrated now by what the minister asks us to do. Whoever drew these rules in the first place, let alone our committee which revised many of them last year, must have had some reasons for a rule

such as this. Surely it is clear that parliament is being made a laughingstock if it is asked to consider the subordinate clauses before it considers the main ones.
Let me say another word about the importance of adhering to the rules. Again I quote from an ancient authority. This time it is from Hatsell, who a century and a half ago wrote four volumes on "Precedents in the Proceedings in the House of Commons."

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