May 31, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

The motion on the order
paper with respect to Saturday sittings in order to be moved at this time will require the unanimous consent of the house. Before asking for that, may I say that in now presenting the motion I am doing so with a view to hearing hon. members express their views and feelings on the wisdom of sitting to-morrow. I recognize that we have had a pretty hoit week so far as the temperature is concerned, and a good many I imagine are feeling its fatigue and exhaustion, none more so than the members of the administration. However, we are quite prepared to sit to-morrow and continue with the work of the house with a view to hastening the termination of the session if such appears to be the wish of hon. members.
May I say in regard to sitting on Monday that last year, as I recollect it, the house sat on the King's birthday but adjourned during the afternoon in order that hon. members might attend the garden party given by Their Excellencies in honour of His Majesty's birthday. We had thought of following a similar

procedure this year but again, if Mr. Speaker would permit it, I would like to have an expression of the views of the house and the government -will seek to be guided in its final decision in the matter by what appears to be the general view.

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