May 16, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and President of Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, because of the importance of the situation that has arisen I feel I should explain, at least to the satisfaction of myself, the proceeding in which I am now engaged.
It has been the tradition of the House of Commons that when the Speaker names any particular member, the leader of the government in the House supports the Speaker in that decision. That, I believe, has been the unvarying tradition of the House of Commons with one exception, and when that occurred the Speaker of the day was left in a very exposed, unprotected, and unsupported position. It is therefore my desire in discharging my responsibility to support the Speaker.
I would add that while the Speaker did make the suggestion that I put this motion, it is a decision which the leader of the government in the House makes on his own account, and he can either agree-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGED INJUSTICE TO QUEBECKERS RESPECTING SALES TAX
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