December 18, 1962 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

On the point of order, Mr. Chairman, I recognize that there are limitations to what one can deal with on the first clause, but I submit that if this committee is being asked to allow the company to adopt a French name surely the committee also has some responsibility to ascertain who it is that is asking for this privilege. Are they responsible people? What is their background? What is their rating in the community? Surely these are relevant questions. Surely the committee is not going to be faced with a simple yes or no with regard to whether the company should be granted or denied this right. How can the committee decide unless it ascertains who it is that is making the request, what their status is and whether or not they are worthy of receiving this privilege?
The Depuiy Chairman: With regard to the remarks made by the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam, if he will read standing

order 59 (2) I am sure that with his experience he will realize I am obliged to ask the hon. member who had the floor to be in order and to speak only on the purpose of the bill. It is not my privilege to extend the limits of the debate. I am obliged to ask the hon. member to respect the ruling of the Chair.

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