June 17, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, there appears in the list of public bills and orders, under No. 30, an order which reads as follows :
April 24-Second Reading of Bid No. 54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code.-Mr. Kennedy (Edmonton).
A reference to page 1446 unrevised Hansard discloses the fact that this bill has already been read the second time and that a motion was made by its sponsor that the House go into committee upon it. Apparently I was out of the House at the
time, and the hon. member for South Wellington (Mr. Guthrie), who was leading the Opposition, asked that in my absence, as I wished to speak on the bill, the consideration of it in committee be postponed. It therefore appears to have been postponed without any fault whatever on the part of the sponsor of the bill. It should, though, appear now on the Order Paper as in committee rather than for second reading. What I wish to mention particularly is that, in view of a great deal of public interest attaching to the amendment now sought to be repealed and of an almost unbelievable degree of misconception surrounding it, the Government should see that this bill is reached, even if, for the purpose, it is required to be called among the Government Orders. It would be very regrettable indeed if the session were to go through without the bill being reached. I would like to have it brought up on Monday.

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