March 15, 1928 (16th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

As a private member, and acting
in that capacity only, I wish to call the attention of the house to what I regard as a matter of privilege, because it seems to me, subject to your opinion, Mr. Speaker, to be a breach of or infringement upon the established rules and practices of this house. I refer to pages 1301 to 1320 of the Com-

mons' Hansard for March 13, 1928, containing tabulated statements presented to the house by the Prime Minister during the course of the debate on the amendments to the motion to go into committee of ways and means. I do not wish to deal at length with the previous decision of the house, in which decision the Prime Minister concurred, as reported on pages 619 and 620 of Hansard of February 20, in regard to the matter which was brought to the attention of the house by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth). I do not wish to object to the nature of the information which is very useful and serviceable to hon. members, but which I think could be brought to the attention of the house only by being laid upon the table as a financial statement emanating from either the Department of Finance or the Department of National Revenue. I am drawing this matter to the attention of the house because I think it is a breach of our rules and practices, and if it is to be persisted in, members on both sides, who have in the same circumstances exactly the same rights and privileges as the Prime Minister himself, will exercise that privilege, if it is to be established and recognized, in a way that will preclude the proper course of debate in this house, especially when such statements are presented in the closing part of the debate. I think it is a breach of privilege and I call it to Your Honour's attention.

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