February 13, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

You said to me that a motion would be made to restore the order, because that was my suggestion to the Deputy Speaker. I am stating the facts.
However, the point is not worthy of further discussion for the reason that the Prime Minister has stated his willingness to do whatever is within his power to get rid of this awkward situation. I suggest that inasmuch as the Deputy Speaker's declaration was undoubtedly that six o'clock had arrived, the Deputy Speaker thereafter had no right to initiate any further proceedings on the part of the House, and that therefore any such proceedings are null and void. Hon. members had a right to assume once those words had escaped his lips that nothing further would be done; and having assumed that they left the House. There is no doubt that whatever was done after six o'clock was done without authority, and I am sure that all hon. members who want the rules of parliament to be lived up to, who want the fight to be carried on in a fair way between the parties, would never dream of objecting to a ruling on the part of the Chair that what followed after the declaration of the. Deputy Speaker was null and void, and at best an inadvertence, and that we proceed just as we were when that declaration was made.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEEDINGS TAKEN BY INADVERTENCE
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