May 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I understand
that the Minister of Finance will be able to lay on the Table to-morrow any documents that are available.
As my right hon. friend has observed, we are not proposing to make any very important change. Some hon. members, to my certain knowledge, would be very glad to see the House meet at two o'clock in the afternoon instead of three, as a general rule. I departed from the proposal to hold sessions in the forenoon because there was a feeling, possibly well grounded, among some hon. gentlemen on both sides of the House that we should really get through more business by beginning at two in the afternoon than at eleven in the morning, as the latter would necessitate hon. members coming a long distance from their various places of residence in the city to this Chamber as at present located, and then going back home at one o'clock, and returning again for the afternoon sitting. So I thought the proposal which I have made would tend to an almost equal expedition in the despatch of business, and would at the same time meet the convenience of hon. gentlemen on both sides of the House.

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