Mr. Speaker, I have listened to the profundities of Mr. Bourinot, Mr. Beau-chesne and Sir Erskine May as inscribed by Lord Campion and, so far as they guide this house, they are very useful; but the fact remains that this house itself has its own rules, and it is not necessary to proceed to a study of those various authorities so long as the rules themselves will govern us in what we do.
I have listened to the specious argument of the Minister of Justice, and I refer to his argument as being somewhat specious for the reason that he says the house is not going to be deprived of any opportunity to discuss these matters. The fact remains that while we are not being denied an opportunity to discuss them, they will obviously come up after the bills are presented to the house, which they should not be in their present form. The fact also remains that we would not be acting properly if we discussed them under the present circumstances, and that is the matter that is at issue at the present time.
I wish to draw your attention to Votes and Proceedings of Monday, October 14. There you will find two motions. One reads as follows:
That this house will, at its next sitting, resolve itself into a committee to consider of the supply to be granted to Her Majesty.
That motion has been called on several occasions. The next motion reads:
That this house will, at its next sitting, resolve itself into a committee to consider of the ways and means for raising the supply to be granted to Her Majesty.
That motion, sir, has never been called. That motion has been carried on the routine proceedings of this house from day to day, showing in effect that this house has gone into committee of ways and means yet the motion has never been called. Here we are being asked to consider doing certain things to the revenue of this country, and we are
Excise Tax Act
not bringing it up under the appropriate conditions laid down by our own house in rule No. 58. I am going to move, in view of the fact that we got off the rails on Friday night, seconded by the hon. member for Okanagan Boundary (Mr. Christian):
That, as from eight p.m. to the adjournment of this house on Friday, December 6, 1957, all the proceedings of this house be expunged from the records of the house and that this house do return to normal proceedings as laid down by the rules.
Topic: EXCISE TAX ACT