September 17, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I would recommend that the motion should stand. I am not so sure that it does not embrace a portion of a report which the Printing Committee made and which is ultra vires. I suggest that the motion stand until to-morrow and in the meantime I will inquire into the report.
That on and after Saturday the seventh of July, proximo, and on Saturdays until the end of the present session, the House shall meet at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and the Order of Precedence on Saturdays shall be the same as on Fridays.
did not make rule 17C, which provides that
On Friday when the Order of the Day is called for the House to go into Committee of Supply or of Ways and Means Mr. Speaker shall leave the Chair without putting any question.
also apply to Saturday. I find, on examination of the Journals, that the practice of the House has not been uniform since the adoption of the new rule, though under similar conditions in sessions previous to the present one there are only two instances when a motion has been made to go into Supply on a Saturday. I do not consider, however, that the rule has been long enough in existence to support the view that the House has adopted any particular practice upon the question, especially as the point has not heretofore been raised. The wording of the Order of the
House of the 22nd of June merely relates to the Orders of Precedence, which is regulated by rule 25, and 1 do not think that its terms are wide enough to include rule 17C, which is a rule of procedure specifically confined to two named days. In my opinion, therefore, the point of order taken by the hon. member for St. John was well taken.

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