May 23, 1913 (12th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William John Macdonald

Conservative (1867-1942)


The circumstances
with regard to the report were these: A
sub-committee of the regular committee was appointed for the purpose of drafting a report. That committee did not meet, and the report as presented to the House, though assented to hurriedly by the different members, was not a full expression of the desires of the Committee. I submit that the opportunity to place properly before the House the findings and recommendations of the committee ought not to be barred by the assumption of authority on the part of any other committee of the House. In order that the matter might come before the House in proper shape, and that the views and opinions of the members of the committee might find proper expression, I suggested that the motion which has been stated by the hon. member for West Peterborough, should be made. In order that everything may be regular, and that the report of the committee may be made in proper shape, I would suggest that the consent of the House be given that the report be referred back to the committee.

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