June 5, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

David Alexander Gordon

Liberal

Mr. GORDON.

If the hon. gentleman will only have patience, the much needed light will come :
That a revision of the standing orders must be made to secure the due transaction of public business, and to maintain tbe dignity of the House, became obvious. The matter was considered by a select committee in 1878, and
a standing order was passed, 28th February, 1880, amended 22nd November, 1882, for the suspension of a member from the service ot the House, on question put forthwith, who shall he named hy the .Speaker, or the chairman of a committee of the whole House, whether he be the chairman of Ways and .Means or any other chairman, for committing the offence of disregarding the authority of the chair, or of abusing the rules of the House by persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the House, or otherwise. Suspension under the standing orders as amended, 22nd November, 1882. lasted on the first occasion, for a month; the second, for a fortnight; and on any subsequent occasion, for a month; but these periods of time were taken out ot tlie standing order in the course of its amendment in session 1902 with a view to the substitution of other periods. As these, however, were not agreed upon by the House, the suspension of a member under tbe standing older continues for the session unless tbe House terminates it sooner. An amendment o1 the standing order made on the 7th 'March, 1901, provided that if through the refusal of a member who had been suspended to withdraw from the House the .Speaker has to call the attention of the House to the fact that force was necessary to compel obedience to his direction. such member is thereupon without iur-ther question put suspended during the remainder of the session. Notices standing in the name of a suspended member are removed from the notice paper of each day as it is made out, as long as the suspension lasts, bus-pension carries with it exclusion from the precincts of the House. The offence must arise in the House, and be dealt with at once. No motion can be. made that a suspended member be heard at the bar.
Temporary provision was also made bv the urgency resolutions of sessions 1881 and 1882, to facilitate the consideration of several important Bills; and in subsequent sessions resolutions have been agreed to by the House prescribing the conditions under which, and the times at which, the outstanding stages ot Bills should be concluded. ,.
Limitations were also placed by standing orders No 22, 23 and 30, passed during the session of' 1882. amended session 1888, upon obstructive motion for adjournment, and vexatious divisions, and provision was made by standing order No. 19 to check the irrelevance or repetition in debate. These standing orders, during session 1888, received .increased stringency; and the transaction of business was also furthered by providing for the classification, on the notice paper, of Bills other than government Bills, after Whitsuntide, and for the appointment of motions for the introduction of Bills, and for the nomination of select committees at the commencement ot business. -By standing order also, with few exceptions, the Speaker leaves the chair foith with for a Committee of the House.
On page 605 we find the following :
In session 1896 the practice was introduced of devoting a day in each week to the business of supply, and of limiting the time to be allotted for that business during the session. This practice, which was carried on with vaii-ous modifications under sessional orders until

Topic:   SUPPLY-CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION.
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