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

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The hon. member did
not listen to me. Any member cannot speak for the whole opposition; he can speak only for himself, unless he is deputed to lead his party. The one deputed by me was the member for Vancouver Centre. On the declaration of the Chair he left the chamber, so there was nobody in authority to speak for the opposition. And nobody would be called upon to speak for we had the right to assume that after that declaration no more business would be transacted. We did assume it; our members left. I am sure that of all men the hon. member for Lotbiniere (Mr. Vien) would never suggest that anything valid should be held to have been done after that. There is no difficulty in the way of remedying the error; no precedent is going to be established that will embarrass anyone, for such a situation after the declaration of the Chair would never arise again. This suggestion meets the ends of justice, and I sincerely hope no hon. member of the House would object to its being carried out.

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