The Acting Speaker (Mr. Laniel):
Order, please. The point raised by the minister is well taken. At the time the minister rose the Chair was examining the bill and amendment, while hoping that the hon. member would bring his remarks to bear on the amendment itself, which did not seem to be the case.
When the minister rose on a point of order, the Chair was in the process of studying the clause of the bill and the amendment, and felt that the hon. member was digressing from the subject before the House, namely the amendment at the report stage, to which the rule of relevancy applies specifically and stipulates that the debate must bear formally on the amendment and the clause before the House.
Obviously, the Chair cannot, under the circumstances, prevent the hon. member for Lotbiniere from rising and making opening remarks but, I wonder, whether in so doing he did not digress, and whether he should not keep his remarks for the debate on third reading; I would invite him, for the time being and if at all possible, to stick to the amendment and the clause before the House.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS RESPECTING ESCALATION OF PENSIONS, RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS, INCREASE IN GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT