February 4, 1963 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

The responsibility of the House of Commons may be divided into three main sections. The first is the business that is set by the rules. I refer to the fixed debates, including the debate on the speech from the throne, the budget debate, the debate on supply motions and things of that nature set by the rules. We have no control at all over that business. If ten days are allowed by the rules for the speech from the throne, the opposition will use the ten days, unless it is very responsible and cuts the time short. The same thing is true with respect to the budget debate.

Topic:   ALLEGED LACK OF LEADERSHIP, CONFUSION AND INDECISION
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