April 17, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


George Perry Graham (Minister of National Defence)


Hon. Mr. GRAHAM:

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend has stated the case exactly except for the inference he drew that nothing was
to intervene on a motion to go into supply.
I received a note from him asking if he could go on with his resolution on Tuesday. After consulting with the Prime Minister I informed him that the government had no objection to his bringing it up to-day. As a matter of fact there has been no attempt to shut off his resolution at all. But we ought to do everything possible for the convenience of the House generally. I am of opinion we will have plenty of opportunity to take up my hon. friend's resolution after the French treaty is disposed of. I certainly want to carry out any arrangement made with my hon. friend, for I would not wish him to think that I am attempting to sidetrack him in any way. .
Hon. Mr. ME1GHEN: Mr. Speaker, an undertaking that this resolution may be gone on with on motion to go into Committee of Supply involves that the government will not put any other motion in between or it involves nothing, because the member has the right to move his amendment on going into Committee on Supply without any concession at all from the government. Now, in view of the fact that he did so understand for to-day, and I think rightly so after the answer given by the Acting Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) by note to him, it seems to me the government should undertake that next Monday or Tuesday there will be no government business put ahead of supply in order that the hon. member may go on on an amendment to supply. I do not think there is any chance at all of his getting time for his resolution to-day after this French treaty resolution has been debated.

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