Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition) :
Although I think I am out of order, Mr. Speaker, I rise merely to state my position on the point of order. In so far as the sub-amendment is concerned, I need not say that it has no embarrassment for me. At the same time your ruling, Sir, appeals to me as being undoubtedly in conformity with the rules and practice of this House; indeed, so clearly is this the case that there does not appear any room for dispute at all.
The leader of the Progressive party (Mr. Crerar) urges that new conditions have arisen. If so, those new conditions must be met, and the way to meet them is to take the regular course to amend the rules of the House; not to appeal against what is manifestly a sound judgment that you, Mr. Speaker, could not possibly avoid giving. Consequently, if it comes to a vote I shall support the Chair.
Besides, may I point out that in the British House the closure rules are very different and much more drastic than ours, applying to motions in amendment to supply? Therefore they can afford a latitude there that we could not very well allow here, for without the intervention of a closure rule we have unlimited opportunities of moving amendments to supply. Consequently the leader of the Progressive party is not debarred at all by your ruling from moving his amendment to Supply or Ways and Means, and he will have many opportunities to do so.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE