February 1, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

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Right Hon. S@

It has become necessary to appoint a chairman of committees of the whole House, and I need not say that the appointment is an important one, involving the duty of presiding over committees of the whole House, and also of presiding over the House itself in the lalbsence of the Speaker. I have very much pleasure in proposing to the House that Mr. Joseph H. Rainville, member of this House for the electoral district of Chambly-Vercheres, be appointed chairman of committees. Mr. Rainville, who has had experience for the past six years as a member of this House, has, I think, manifested a thorough acquaintance with the rules of the House, having been called on from time to time to discharge temporarily the duties of chairman of committees. He has also the qualities which will enable him to discharge his duties in a manner satisfactory in every way, possessing, as he does, the promptness of decision, impartiality, courtesy and tact that are essential to the position which he will be called upon to fill if my proposal should meet with the acceptance of the House. I therefore beg to move, Mr. Speaker:
That Mr. Joseph H. Rainville, member for the electoral district of Chambly-Vercheres, be appointed Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House.

Topic:   ELECTION OF MR. RAINVILLE AS DEPUTY SPEAKER.
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