-that it is time this matter of dress code was referred at least to the Standing Committee on Management and Members' Services so that we could come up with a rational, reasonable code for the middle of the summer.
I just want to put on record, without taking any more time of the House, my letter to you yesterday:
"Dear Mr. Speaker,
My dear John. With the greatest respect and thoughts to you personally, you made a G.D. ruling. I did not want to create a scene but only to have the matter referred to the Members and Services Committee. For surely if there are summer dress codes everywhere else in the land, ie: messes,-"
That is for the neutral people over there in the NDP. That is armed services messes. It continues:
"-and if we are stupid enough to be here in the summer, then we too should have a summer code.
On the basis of your impetuous and ill-considered ruling, I may come into the House tomorrow in Bermuda shorts and a bikini shirt and reverse the outfit the next day.
Quite frankly, as a Back Bencher, 1 am not too worried about the recognition from the Chair-that is the perpetual state of all Back Benchers, for I truly am concerned about the health of the Members during the summer.
Yours in the Twentieth Century and no bib and tucker for the eons before.
PS: I know 1 am being presumptuous, and you of all people know the reason for the tie, for the men of the old world-chasing women with one hand and eating bones of lamb with the other and sometimes slurped gravy on their waistcoats- those days are gone. There is no more dripping gravy, women are free and so should we-be."
I ask for this matter to be referred to the Management and Members' Services Committee.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR REFERENCE OF DRESS CODE TO STANDING COMMITTEE