Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):
Owing to an engagement, I had to leave the House yesterday about ten minutes to six, so that I am not acquainted with what took place at that time, although I have no doubt that the explanation which has been made by the Deputy Speaker is perfectly correct. A careful reading of Hansard does not disclose that there was anything irregular in the proceedings. With reference
to the remarks of my hon. friend (Mr. Guthrie), who has just spoken, I would offer this observation. In all the time I have sat in this House, invariably the calling of six o'clock was purely a technical affair; it never meant six o'clock by the clock: it always was six o'clock when the Speaker from the chair so declared. That is what I have always understood. So tar as the debate is concerned, I must say that I was astonished to see, on taking up the newspaper this morning that the leaders of the House had agreed, upon being consulted, that by means of a motion or in some other way the debate should be re-opened. When it was learned that the debate had closed, I think there must have been a sigh of relief wherever the fact was made known.
Subtopic: PROCEEDINGS TAKEN BY INADVERTENCE