May 24, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

George James McIlraith

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllrailh (Ottawa West):

Mr. Speaker, the motion for concurrence in the committee report made by the chairman of the committee is one that I have no desire at all to oppose. I think the chairman is caught in the position where he is desirous of moving the business of the committee forward, and he finds himself in a predicament. In order to carry on the work he has to come to the house and ask for a reduction in the quorum. With his action in doing that I have no quarrel whatever, because of the circumstances in which he finds himself; but the necessity of taking that action does reveal a bad condition in the management of the business of the house.
When the Prime Minister of this country, who is looked to in this house as the leader of the house, rose to deal with this subject he saw fit to start off his remarks in a way that examination will reveal was most offensive, unfair and inaccurate. When I interjected, as it was contrary to the rules I was taken to task for that interjection. When I was being taken to task for interjecting the Prime Minister seemed to approve the interjections of his Minister of Public Works, as is his wont.
I merely want to point out to the Prime Minister that in handling this debate in this way-this is a subject that is debatable- and in introducing this standard of conduct he is going a long way from the subject matter, which is a difficult one, and he conducts himself in a way that other hon. members in the house are likely to follow as the proper one.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FOURTH AND FIFTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE-CONCURRENCE IN FOURTH REPORT
Full View